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For some, it's Flag Day, a day to remember the rich history of the American flag. For others, it's just another work day. For me, its a day like no other in my entire life. It's the day my only son was killed in a single occupant car accident on June 14, 1997. This is Flag Day -- marking the date in 1777 when John Adams proposed the stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States. Making flags, banners, and pennants is a nearly $5 billion annual business in the U.S. Today we'll listen to the Census Bureau's profile on the American Flag. Then we'll turn our spotlight on three remarkable "slice of life" stories from StoryCorp, the national organization archiving real stories about real people around the United States. One story details the transference of anger, pain and suffering into good when a father is murdered. Another story describes the personal partnership of a couple in the classroom. The third story is an unusual love story that transcends the stereotypes. And then I will share some special stories of my late son, his twin sister and his older sister, and how the bonds of family love and connection even transcend death. This show is dedicated to the memory of my late son, Mickarl D. Thomas, Jr.
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