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Tomi Rucker, a Washington, D.C. Navy mom, says she was "saddened" when the D.C. flag was not a part of her son's boot camp graduation, particularly because the flags of the other recruits' states were. She came to the D.C. World War I Memorial on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 to talk about the inconsistent flying of the D.C. flag at military graduations. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Tomi Rucker, of the District, a Navy mom, says she was “saddened” when the D.C. flag was not a part of her son’s boot camp graduation, particularly because the flags of the other recruits’ states were. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Tomi Rucker, of the District, a Navy mom, says she was “saddened” when the D.C. flag was not a part of her son’s boot camp graduation, particularly because the flags of the other recruits’ states were. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton, right, listens as Tomi Rucker, a Washington, D.C. Navy mom, talks about how she and her husband were saddened by the fact that the D.C. flag was not a part of her son's Navy boot camp graduation, when flags from the other states with graduates were present. Ms. Rucker joined the D.C. officials at the D.C. World War I Memorial on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 to talk about the inconsistent flying of the D.C. flag at military graduations. Holmes-Norton is calling upon to president to require that the D.C. flag be flown at military functions where the flags of all 50 states are flown. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton, center, and Mayor Vincent Gray look on as Tomi Rucker, a Washington, D.C. Navy mom, talks about how she and her husband were saddened by the fact that the D.C. flag was not a part of her son's Navy boot camp graduation, when flags from the other states with graduates were present. Ms. Rucker joined the D.C. officials at the D.C. World War I Memorial on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 to talk about the inconsistent flying of the D.C. flag at military graduations. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Tomi Rucker, a Washington, D.C. Navy mom, talks with Mayor Vincent Gray at the D.C. World War I Memorial on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 about the inconsistent flying of the D.C. flag at military graduations. Ms. Rucker says she was "saddened" when the D.C. flag was not a part of her son's boot camp graduation, particularly because the flags of the other recruits' states were part of the ceremony. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Tomi Rucker, a Washington, D.C. Navy mom, holds a picture of her son, Jonathan Matthew Rucker, at the D.C. World War I Memorial on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. She came to the memorial to talk about the inconsistent flying of the D.C. flag at military graduations, specifically mentioning how sad she and her husband--fourth generation Washingtonians--were when the D.C. flag was not included in her son's boot camp graduation when the flags from the other recruits' states were. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Tomi Rucker, a Washington, D.C. Navy mom, says she was "saddened" when the D.C. flag was not a part of her son's boot camp graduation, particularly because the flags of the other recruits' states were. She came to the D.C. World War I Memorial on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 to talk about the inconsistent flying of the D.C. flag at military graduations. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)