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06/15/06 - Lufkin

Lufkin Hosted its 27th Annual Flag Day Celebration

by Ramonica R. Jones

Canadian Martha Sutton scored a perfect 100 on her citizenship test. The proud new American has been in this country for nine years. She's been a citizen for two.

Sutton makes a big deal about being an American. Close to 150 people came to her citizenship party and almost everything in her home is red, white, and blue.

"I think it's very important that we support the country, and we support our president, and we support all our troops," Sutton said.

Former Army serviceman George Brown Jr. is also a proud American. The street he lives on in Lufkin is surrounded by U.S. flags, a tribute to Flag Day and the men and women who are fighting for his freedom, including three of his six children.

"I think it's great to be an American," said Brown. "I don't want to be nothing else but American, to tell you the truth."

Brown and Sutton understand why immigrants go to great lengths to come here. They believe wanting to live and work in the United States should be rewarded, not punished.

"America is a place where whatever you dream, you can probably achieve," said Sutton. "I've had a happier life. I've had a more Christian life; I've just had a wonderful, wonderful time being here in the United States."

For Americans like George Brown Jr. and Martha Sutton, every day is Flag Day.

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