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Special Memories On Flag Day

June 11, 2013 - Jane Whitmore
Flag Day is Friday, June 14. Senator Grassley sent out a Q &?A piece on the occasion. It concluded with:?“Iowans may obtain American flags flown over the united States Capitol year-round through my office. Flags come with certificates commemorating special occasions, if you wish. For order forms, go to Chick on Constituent Services and then Flag Requests. I have two flags that were flown for specifically for me, courtesy of daughter-in-law Jennifer, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. She had these flags flown, one each during her tours of duty overseas. Operation Iraqi Freedom. This certificate is presented to Jane E. Whitmore from the 555th Expeditionary Flighter Squadron. This is to certify that on 13 December 2005 this flag was flown over Iraq, during a bombing mission in support of Operation Iraqi freedom. It was flown in a Lockheed Martin Block 40 F-16CG Fighting Falcon, tail number 89-2041. The certificate is signed by Scott “Worm”?Trageser, Capt., USAF, Wingman, 555 EFS “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”?--John F. Kennedy presented to Jane E. Whitmore These Stars and Stripes were proudly flown on othe 17th day of December 2007, over the new Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in honor of Harold Mikes at the request of MSgt Jennifer L. Whitmore. This flag represents the American resolve following the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and bears witness to the destruction of terrorist forces, threatening the freedom of the United states of America and the world. Integrity, Service and Excellence The certificate is signed by Danny S. Herndon, CMSgt, USAF, Superintendent, Task Force MED, and Bart O. Iddins, Col, USAF, MC, CFS, Commander, Task Force MED This flag holds special memories because it was flown exactly 20 years after my father’s death. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, with service in the European Theater during World War II. The flags were folded by my son Jeremy, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and his wife, Jennifer. The flags are displayed in a triangular-shaped box. The certificates hang on the wall. Senator Grassley wrote:?“During my travels across the state -- visiting with Iowans in schools, in veterans groups, and at service club meetings -- the flag is invariably on display, serving as a visual reminder of the truths we hold self-evident, that we share “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. “As Iowans enjoy the rites and rituals of summer, let’s make the time to celebrate our common heritage, to fly the flag and to recite in public the Pledge of Allegiance. We share an allegiance to honor freedom, liberty and justice for all. Americans for more than 200 years have embraced the red, white and blue for its symbolic salute to those who have fought for and defended the guiding principles that bind us together as a nation, stitched together for all to see, from sea to shining sea.”


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