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Editorial: Let flags fly proudly

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Members of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Community Improvement Committee hold up some of the flags that will be displayed on the resurrected Peace Avenue of Flags in Worthington. Shown are Diane Schettler (from left), Brenda Hurlbut, Darlene Macklin, Pat Henderschiedt, Zuby Jansen, Cindy Penning and Sharon Johnson.

Thirty-nine years ago, the original Peace Avenue of Flags was dedicated in Worthington. The idea was to promote world peace, understanding and brotherhood -- something the community had begun doing since the sister city arrangement between Worthington and Crailsheim, Germany, began in 1947.

Along the way, Worthington was recognized in 1958 with its receipt of the first World Brotherhood Community Award. The city won wide acclaim across the country for their efforts in reaching out to people across the globe.

Last month the Peace Avenue of Flags -- after a hiatus of several years -- once again began flying in town. We are delighted at the return of the flags, a development of which we've heard almost exclusively positive feedback.

A trip down the Peace Avenue of Flags route -- U.S. 59 south of Interstate 90 to Oxford Street, and then west to McMillan Street and east to Omaha Avenue -- will show that the U.S. flag is displayed repeatedly among the flags of other nations, which in turn are flown once each. This is, as should be obvious to all, intentional: We are first and foremost living in the United States, yet are inhabitants of a great nation comprised of people of many, many different origins.

As we celebrate a great American holiday in the Fourth of July, we should remember that the U.S. continues to be a land of freedom like no other for so many. The decision to display the Peace Avenue of Flags should not only be seen as a commemoration of our community's (and our nation's) growing cultural diversity, but of the greatness of America as a whole.