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Letter: A legacy of independence

As one leaves the Johnson Memorial Care Center, one of the first things to catch the eye, especially when there is a breeze blowing, is the American flag that flies on a tall, sturdy flagpole at the southwest corner of the hospital next door.

With all the trouble in the world, it seems to be reminding us when this country was founded, and the flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write the "Star-Spangled Banner" which begins, "O say can you see, by the dawn's early light. What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?" ... and ends with "O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."

So now it seems to be our turn to keep our country free and not become a part of a North American union with Mexico and Canada, or be in a one-world government under the control of the United Nations, as we are beginning to read and hear about. We are a free and independent nation! Let's keep it that way!