The American Flag was proudly displayed throughout the Hamilton area Monday, June 14, on Flag Day. The downtown area again had flags along the streets, including each block in the Central Business District on Main Street and also along US 93.

For the second year, Will Hutchin and others walked from Hamilton to Corvallis with a large flag, using the paths along Fairgrounds Road, US 93 and the Corvallis Cut-off Road. It started at 9:11 a.m. and was completed in the afternoon.

In Washington, D.C., Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines chose Flag Day to re-introduce a Constitutional Amendment that would prohibit the physical desecration of the American flag. Daines was joined by Senators Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota. Previously, Daines led the effort in the 115th and 116th Congress.

Daines said, "The American flag is a symbol of liberty and a beacon of hope. It represents the ideals that our nation was built upon and for decades, brave men and women have carried its colors into battle to defend the United States of America. The Stars and Stripes are a representation of freedom. We must always protect and respect the American flag."

The Second Continental Congress designated the first stars and stripes flag on June 14, 1777. The initial flags had 13 stars and 13 stripes for the original colonies that became the United States. After that, more stars were added as states joined the union. Now there are 50 stars. The number of stripes has stayed the same at 13.

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