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A Salute to our flag essay winners

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - From the holiday marking the ultimate sacrifice of the men and women who died fighting for democracy to the day dedicated to celebrating the day Americans declared their independence, WVVA-TV has sponsored an essay contest about the Stars & Stripes. 

We've been asking viewers to send us a 100 - 200 word essay sharing what the flag means to them. 

5 winners were selected weekly, each receiving a flag that once flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Viewers sent in more than 120 essays, with the final winner announced July 3, 2020. 

 The common thread weaving all the entries together:  Freedom.  

We want to thank everyone who took the time to send their thoughts on what "Old Glory" means to them.   

Here's the list of winners, a representation of a wide range of people from the Two Virginias:

David Parker - Beaver, WV

Nancy LoweMichelle Jannette Jim Boyd - Richlands, VA

Bill Barton - Princeton, WV

Susan Hinkle - Abbs Valley, VA

Rickie Thompkins - Princeton, WV

Kathy Umberger

Joshua Crawford

Gary Jackson - Bristol, VA

Randy Mullins - Richlands, VA

Sherry Keller - Bluefield, VA

Charlie Carroll - Hinton, WV

Gregory Newberry - Pounding Mill, VA

Joyce Tedder - Princeton, WV

Earl Holt - Lashmeet, WV

Darryl Smith - Bluefield, WV

Regina L. Carrico - Princeton, WV

Michael Whitworth - Abbs Valley, VA

Frank Lewis - Rupert, WV

Riley Harvey - Bluefield, VA

Donnie Goodman - Richlands, VA

Betsy Kiser

Raven, Alvin, & Alleigh Williams - Prosperity, WV

Misty Martin - Beckley, WV

Alan Johnston - Premier, WV

Earl B. Feathers - Bluefield, WV

Flossie Ennis - Meadow Bridge, WV

Carmon Basham - Princeton, WV

Again, thanks to everyone who submitted and essay telling us "What The Flag Means To Me".

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