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Annie's Mailbox: Patriotic poems commemorate Flag Day

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@creators.com, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@creators.com, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

Dear Readers: Today is Flag Day. We promised to print some of the patriotic poems that readers have been sending in for July 4, but we thought this one would be perfect for today. The author is Audrey Bashlor.

Honor our flag of red, white and blue,

remembering our war heroes brought freedom to you.

Men and women of today and years past

fought with valor so our freedoms would last.

The colonials bravely fought the British redcoats;

our warriors fought the Nazis and their U-boats.

Many wars have been fought through the ages

filling our history books with a great many pages.

So very long ago our independence was declared;

something for over 200 years we have all shared.

Raise the flag, rejoice this day, strike up the band,

people of many races enjoy freedom in this land.

Remember our brave men and women who fought

giving their lives to keep the freedoms we sought.

Give thanks to those in our armed forces today

Respect our flag and to them a “thank you” say.

Dear Annie: The use of hyphenated names seems to be becoming too commonplace. Once the domain of Britishers yearning for social distinction, is this what is happening in the States? What is the rationale for thus naming oneself?

Having both memory and hearing problems, it is often difficult for me to comprehend and repeat both names. Is it acceptable to select one name instead of using both? Is it possible for those who introduce others to actually say the word “hyphen”? For example, “This is Mr. Jones hyphen Smith.” Not only would it help to select between the names, it would increase my awe of what surely must be a distinguished person. – Bryan, Texas

Dear Bryan: Had your fun, have you? The point of a hyphenated name in this country is neither to display one’s elevated social status nor to become burdensome to others. It is to acknowledge that two people have joined their names, as well as themselves, in marriage, or to denote that two people produced a child. It used to be that only the man’s surname counted. We agree that, sometimes, those hyphenates can be overly long or complicated. But people are entitled to be addressed by the name they prefer. Please do your best with it. Of course, if you fumble too much, the person is likely to say, “Please, just call me Tom.”

Dear Readers: Today is Flag Day and the 37th Annual National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance at 7 p.m. (Eastern time). For more information, log on to americanflagfoundation.org.

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@creators.com, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. You can also find Annie on Facebook at Facebook.com/AskAnnies. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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