Respect the flag. When you see the Stars and Stripes displayed, stand up and take off your hat. For all the signs and symbols since the world began, there is none other so full of meaning as the flag of our country. That piece of red, white and blue bunting means more than 200 years of struggle.

Our flag stands for humanity, for an equal opportunity to all the sons and daughters of men. Of course, we haven't arrived yet at that goal. There are many injustices yet among us, many senseless and cruel customs of the past still clinging to us, but the only hope of righting the wrongs of men lies in the feeling produced by the sight of the flag.

Other flags mean a glorious past, the American flag means a glorious future. It is not so much the flag of our fathers as it is the flag of our children and of all children's children yet born. It is the flag of tomorrow. It is the signal of the "good times coming." It is the flag of yourself and of all your neighbors.

Don't be ashamed when your throat chokes and the tears come as you see it flying. You will never have a worthier emotion. During this Independence Day holiday, if you hear the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," and see "Old Glory" flying, stand up and others will stand with you.

This tribute to the flag, in part, is offered by Alvin M. Owsley, past national commander of The American Legion, in appeal to all men and women of all races, colors and tongues, that they may come to understand that our flag is the symbol of liberty and learn to love it.

The Senior Center staff wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS will meet at 8:30 a.m. Art class will meet at 10 a.m. Ambassador Singers will practice at 1 p.m. A domino tournament begins at 1 p.m. The staff will meet at 1:15 p.m. to go over the activities for the next two months. Carol Ham, Garden City Community College instructor, will be in the computer lab from 1 to 3 p.m.

Friday: The Senior Center, City Link and mini bus services will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Meals on Wheels will be delivered as usual. The Finney County Senior Citizens Association will host the monthly covered dish at 6 p.m. The public is invited. Entertainment will follow a short business meeting.

Saturday: The pool room will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. The building is rented.

Sunday: No activities are scheduled.

Monday: The center will open at 8 a.m. Stretching exercises begin at 8:30 a.m. STEPS exercises are at 10:30 a.m. Humdinger Band will meet at 12:30 p.m. Bridge is played at 1 p.m. Upbeats will practice at 3 p.m. Sandhill Art Association meets at 7 p.m. Duplicate bridge is played at 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m. Duplicate bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Bridge is played at 7 p.m.

July 8: Foot clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (call the Senior Center for an appointment). Line dancing is at 8:30 a.m. (call 272-3620 for more information about this or any exercise program). STEPS exercises are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Pinochle is played at 12:45 p.m. A para will be in the computer area from 1 to 4 p.m. The Sewing Group meets from 1 to 4 p.m. The Finney County Senior Citizens Association will host a dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The band playing is "Moonshiners." Bring finger foods for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Taco salad, Corn O'Brien, tortilla chips, sherbet.

Friday: Senior Center is closed for the Independence Day holiday.

Monday: Polish sausage with bun, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, tropical fruit salad.

Tuesday: Chicken enchiladas, corn, broccoli, cherry crisp, whole wheat roll.

July 8: Bierock casserole, carrots, tossed salad, baked beans, fruited gelatin.

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