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Bush Urges Americans to Celebrate US Flag - 2003-06-14


U.S. President Bush is urging Americans to participate in Flag Day celebrations Saturday, in honor of the country's troops and veterans.

In his weekly Saturday radio address, Mr. Bush said the American flag is a symbol of freedom wherever it flies, inspiring hope in people suffering under tyranny.

Flag day, June 14, commemorates the date in 1777 when the Continental Congress officially made the Stars and Stripes the symbol of the United States.

Mr. Bush said by showing respect for the flag, Americans honor the men and woman who have sacrificed for their country. He said it is the duty of Americans to defend the country's freedoms.

The Democrats' weekly radio address Saturday was devoted to changes in the nation's medical system. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan said a prescription drug bill headed to the Senate for debate is flawed because its benefits are not offered through the traditional Medicare system.

Ms. Stabenow said because Medicare would not provide the drug coverage, insurance companies could set their own standards for coverage and drop patients at any time.

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