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Two years later, it became the area’s ABC affiliate with Monday Night Football serving as the first network program. KLAX along with its sister station MeTV, Memorable Entertainment Television, is owned by Pollack/Beltz Broadcasting Company, and is located at 1811 England Drive in Alexandria, LA. Our Market Rank is 176 serving 229,000 households in 18 parishes (counties) in Louisiana. In addition to ABC’s award-winning content, KLAX delivers a variety of top-rated syndicated programming, and local news, weather and sports through ABC 31 News.

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ICYMI: 🚨Former Alexandria police officers expose cover-ups and discrimination in shocking interview with Miranda Thomas....
05/14/2021
ABC 31 EXCLUSIVE: Two former Alexandria police officers talk with Miranda Thomas about alleged racism and corruption

ICYMI: 🚨Former Alexandria police officers expose cover-ups and discrimination in shocking interview with Miranda Thomas. 🚨
http://klax-tv.com/abc-31-exclusive-two-former-alexandria-police-officers-talk-with-miranda-thomas-about-alleged-racism-and-corruption/

https://youtu.be/yp_MtL5mQ4s [Alexandria, La] Two former police officers say they were fired for reporting alleged corruption to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Last year, former Assistant Chi

Coming up tonight on ABC 31 News at 6 & 10, Reporter Miranda Thomas interviews two former Alexandria Police Officers who...
05/13/2021

Coming up tonight on ABC 31 News at 6 & 10, Reporter Miranda Thomas interviews two former Alexandria Police Officers who talk about alleged racism and corruption in the department.

Coming up tonight on ABC 31 News at 6 & 10, Reporter Miranda Thomas interviews two former Alexandria Police Officers who talk about alleged racism and corruption in the department.

City of Alexandria says, there will be no night bus service, Friday, May 14th.
05/13/2021

City of Alexandria says, there will be no night bus service, Friday, May 14th.

There will be no night bus service on Friday, May 14. All other routes will run as scheduled. We regret any inconvenience this causes for passengers.

Fully-vaccinated Americans can return to life without masks, CDC says.
05/13/2021

Fully-vaccinated Americans can return to life without masks, CDC says.

CDC Dir. Walensky: "Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing." https://abcn.ws/3uQggXC

Shreveport Trauma Surgeon Sentenced for StealingMore than $200,000 in Social Security Benefits for personal interests in...
05/12/2021
Shreveport Trauma Surgeon Sentenced for Stealing More than $200,000 in Social Security Benefits

Shreveport Trauma Surgeon Sentenced for Stealing
More than $200,000 in Social Security Benefits for personal interests including his coin collection hobby.
http://klax-tv.com/shreveport-trauma-surgeon-sentenced-for-stealing-more-than-200000-in-social-security-benefits/

SHREVEPORT, La. - Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that John T. Owings, 60, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Fo

City of Alexandria announced, There will be no night bus service on Thursday, May 13. All other routes will run as sched...
05/12/2021

City of Alexandria announced, There will be no night bus service on Thursday, May 13. All other routes will run as scheduled.

City of Alexandria announced, There will be no night bus service on Thursday, May 13. All other routes will run as scheduled.

UPDATE** Alexandria Police have made an arrest in the shooting incident that occurred Tuesday evening in the 2100 block ...
05/12/2021
APD Shooting Investigation

UPDATE** Alexandria Police have made an arrest in the shooting incident that occurred Tuesday evening in the 2100 block of Webster Street. A juvenile has been charged with second degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile

http://klax-tv.com/apd-shooting-investigation-3/

Alexandria, La. (May 11, 2021) – Alexandria Police are investigating a homicide that occurred around 7:55 p.m. this evening in the 2100 block of Webster Street. One victim is deceased a

Ramonte Lamar Jackson was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center this afternoon on the 1st Degree Murder and At...
05/11/2021

Ramonte Lamar Jackson was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center this afternoon on the 1st Degree Murder and Attempted 1st Degree Murder warrants in reference to the homicide at Liberty Arsenal on May 7th, 2021.

No bond has been set on these charges.

Sheriff’s Detectives say their investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are expected.

Ramonte Lamar Jackson was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center this afternoon on the 1st Degree Murder and Attempted 1st Degree Murder warrants in reference to the homicide at Liberty Arsenal on May 7th, 2021.

No bond has been set on these charges.

Sheriff’s Detectives say their investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are expected.

The Paul family will be hosting a benefit lunch at Mac’s Fresh Market on Hwy 28 East in Pineville, Friday, May 21st at 1...
05/11/2021

The Paul family will be hosting a benefit lunch at Mac’s Fresh Market on Hwy 28 East in Pineville, Friday, May 21st at 10:30 am until 1:30 pm, to help with expenses for their two family members that owned Liberty Arsenal in Pineville. Any questions please contact Kenneth Paul (318)880-6068.

The Paul family will be hosting a benefit lunch at Mac’s Fresh Market on Hwy 28 East in Pineville, Friday, May 21st at 10:30 am until 1:30 pm, to help with expenses for their two family members that owned Liberty Arsenal in Pineville. Any questions please contact Kenneth Paul (318)880-6068.

MISSING TEENAlexandria, La. (May 11, 2021) ¬ – Alexandria Police are asking for public assistance to locate Alaysa Batis...
05/11/2021

MISSING TEEN
Alexandria, La. (May 11, 2021) ¬ – Alexandria Police are asking for public assistance to locate Alaysa Batiste, 17, who is described as being 5’03” and weighing approximately 120 pounds. She was last seen in the Huffman Street area.
If you have any information or know the location of this juvenile, please contact the Alexandria Police Department at 318-449-5099

MISSING TEEN
Alexandria, La. (May 11, 2021) ¬ – Alexandria Police are asking for public assistance to locate Alaysa Batiste, 17, who is described as being 5’03” and weighing approximately 120 pounds. She was last seen in the Huffman Street area.
If you have any information or know the location of this juvenile, please contact the Alexandria Police Department at 318-449-5099

UPDATE****According to Sheriff Mark Wood, RAMONTE LAMAR JACKSON has been arrested in Baton Rouge, LA with the assistance...
05/11/2021

UPDATE****
According to Sheriff Mark Wood, RAMONTE LAMAR JACKSON has been arrested in Baton Rouge, LA with the assistance of the U S Marshals Violent Offender Task Force, the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Jackson was taken into custody without incident and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. He will be transported back to Rapides Parish to be booked on the 1st Degree Murder and Attempted 1st Degree Murder charges.

Yesterday afternoon, Sheriff’s Detectives and Patrol Deputies were involved in a pursuit, which ended at I-49 south at the Broadway exit, of another person of interest in the investigation. Cliron Demond Price, 20 of Alexandria, was booked on Accessory After the Fact and Obstruction of Justice in connection with the Liberty Arsenal homicide investigation. Detectives say their investigation is still ongoing and more charges are possible

Liberty Arsenal Homicide Investigation

According to Sheriff Mark Wood, detectives have recovered the 2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude, bearing LA license 468EKO, believed to have been used in the homicide at Liberty Arsenal on Friday, May 7th, 2021.

Yesterday, Sheriff’s Detectives and Patrol Deputies were involved in a pursuit, which ended at I-49 south at the Broadway exit, of another person of interest in the homicide investigation. Detectives have that person detained at this time.

Detectives are continuing their search for RAMONTE LAMAR JACKSON in connection to the homicide. Jackson is wanted for one count 1st Degree Murder and one count Attempted 1st Degree Murder and should be considered armed and dangerous.

UPDATE****
According to Sheriff Mark Wood, RAMONTE LAMAR JACKSON has been arrested in Baton Rouge, LA with the assistance of the U S Marshals Violent Offender Task Force, the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Jackson was taken into custody without incident and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. He will be transported back to Rapides Parish to be booked on the 1st Degree Murder and Attempted 1st Degree Murder charges.

Yesterday afternoon, Sheriff’s Detectives and Patrol Deputies were involved in a pursuit, which ended at I-49 south at the Broadway exit, of another person of interest in the investigation. Cliron Demond Price, 20 of Alexandria, was booked on Accessory After the Fact and Obstruction of Justice in connection with the Liberty Arsenal homicide investigation. Detectives say their investigation is still ongoing and more charges are possible

Liberty Arsenal Homicide Investigation

According to Sheriff Mark Wood, detectives have recovered the 2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude, bearing LA license 468EKO, believed to have been used in the homicide at Liberty Arsenal on Friday, May 7th, 2021.

Yesterday, Sheriff’s Detectives and Patrol Deputies were involved in a pursuit, which ended at I-49 south at the Broadway exit, of another person of interest in the homicide investigation. Detectives have that person detained at this time.

Detectives are continuing their search for RAMONTE LAMAR JACKSON in connection to the homicide. Jackson is wanted for one count 1st Degree Murder and one count Attempted 1st Degree Murder and should be considered armed and dangerous.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue as a stalled-out front sits over Central Louisiana....
05/11/2021

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue as a stalled-out front sits over Central Louisiana. 1-3" of additional rainfall will fall across the region which could lead to flooding concerns. A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect until 1 PM Wednesday for all of Central Lousiana. Avoid flood-prone areas over the next 24-30 hours and remember: "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue as a stalled-out front sits over Central Louisiana. 1-3" of additional rainfall will fall across the region which could lead to flooding concerns. A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect until 1 PM Wednesday for all of Central Lousiana. Avoid flood-prone areas over the next 24-30 hours and remember: "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

According to Sheriff Mark Wood, one of the suspects from the homicide at Liberty Arsenal has turned himself in to deputi...
05/10/2021

According to Sheriff Mark Wood, one of the suspects from the homicide at Liberty Arsenal has turned himself in to deputies.

UPDATE

According to Sheriff Mark Wood, one of the suspects from the homicide at Liberty Arsenal has turned himself in to deputies.

“We can confirm at approximately 5:30 pm, the Dixon suspect turned himself in to our detectives and deputies at the main office. He was accompanied by a local attorney” said Sheriff Mark Wood. “We strongly encourage the other suspect to do the same.”

Eric Dewayne Dixon will be booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on the warrants for 1st Degree Murder and Attempted 1st Degree Murder.

Booking photo will be available later this evening.

Further updates will be given as they are available.

Photos from Meagan Glover KLAX ABC 31's post
05/08/2021

Photos from Meagan Glover KLAX ABC 31's post

MOTHER'S DAY SEVERE THREAT ⚠The first half of your Mother's Day weekend will feature sunshine and warm temperatures in t...
05/07/2021

MOTHER'S DAY SEVERE THREAT ⚠

The first half of your Mother's Day weekend will feature sunshine and warm temperatures in the mid-80s. Things will begin to change on Sunday as a cold front approaches the region. Scattered thunderstorms along with the potential for severe weather will develop late Sunday. The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of Central Louisiana under a slight (level 2/5) risk for severe weather. Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. If you plan on hosting Mother's Day festivities be sure to have a severe plan in place just to be safe!

MOTHER'S DAY SEVERE THREAT ⚠

The first half of your Mother's Day weekend will feature sunshine and warm temperatures in the mid-80s. Things will begin to change on Sunday as a cold front approaches the region. Scattered thunderstorms along with the potential for severe weather will develop late Sunday. The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of Central Louisiana under a slight (level 2/5) risk for severe weather. Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. If you plan on hosting Mother's Day festivities be sure to have a severe plan in place just to be safe!

Menard’s Jourdain Dishmond signs with Holmes Community College
05/07/2021
Menard’s Jourdain Dishmond signs with Holmes Community College

Menard’s Jourdain Dishmond signs with Holmes Community College

Eagles' big man, Jourdain Dishmond, signed his letter of intent to play for Holmes Community College. Holmes recently won the NJCAA Championship and Dishmond is hoping to help with another title be

Congrats to University Academy advancing to the semi-finals!
05/07/2021

Congrats to University Academy advancing to the semi-finals!

FINAL:

UA 15
Family Christian 0
3 inn.

Lions advance to the semi-finals for the first time in school history! #cenlapreps

Congrats Jourdain!
05/06/2021

Congrats Jourdain!

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Wed, Mar 31 at 9:33 PM Destine Destruction Rogue ABSOLUTION Supreme Dialog The true example, that is a profile, in evil tactic, that gives powerful men the right to victimize, people that are consider, plain everyday subjects, that are simple example, of state conquest, in future arbitration. In matters for court room litigation case. This American example, was the performance. That occurred to Nurse Alex. Wubbel. Aug 26th, 2017. In the state of Utah. Salt lake city. This American example, was the performance,. That occurred to White women, and people of color. Nurse Alex Wubbel,was arrested while attempting. To get correct understanding of, hospital policy. And a definite understanding, of the law, that covers, hospital policy. When a patient is unconscious. Nurse Wubbel was arrested, for following correct orders, while her supervisor, was confirming hospital policy. When a patient, is unconscious. Nurse Wubbel was arrested, for following correct orders. This Nurse that saves lives, and regard character, on a professional level. Was a victim on video. Bing dragged, out of the hospital, that employs, angles of mercy, that performs miracle, each day, that she comes, to a job that performs miracle, each day, a job that requires this experts style of compassion. Nurse Alex Wubbel have had charges ,that would be terrorizing, and destructive to her character, This officer of, the law process. The fact that its, on a video. The truth will show. This act of injustices, and the world. Observed the act of evil injustices.This shall have closure.That will be, of justification. In the case of Anthony. Esaw. Caston The attempt to get cases, that were, as unjust.As Mrs. Wubbel .Contacting the office of,Dist Attorney Paul. Howard. And Mrs., Shelia. Shaw.Attempting to have charges. Removed from a record. That is fabricated. And cases that, don’t have correct, responding dates.The famous.Dist Attorney office.Paul Howard. Is going to use the(OL) Southern rule of the Confederacy.Although l may have been arrested illegally, the state of Georgia. Doesn’t recognize, a Black man as, having laws, that would allow, compensation, or justification.Under the (8Th, an 14 th) Amendment) A Black man can, be beaten. Almost to death. In the custody, of the law enforcement. In the state of Georgia. And that Black man is subjected. To any thing that occurred in the. Official presents, of their sworn, officer of the law As was the case, of the, Black Man, shot to death. In Greene Co. A Black man 40., yr. Old. Stop by a, sheriff deputy. Aug 2017. This evil that is a Constance, occurrences. will always be, the norm in this state GEORGIA, that practices.Southern Hipporacracy.In its dealing of human being, that are of, the Brown,or Black Race.And Asian American Citizan.In yr,of 2021. The occurrence of ,a White person, going to jail, for a beer, being in a Styrofoam cup.And being beaten.In the style of, Rodney King.And Anthony Esaw Caston. In OCT24th.2002. And the arrest was unofficial.Not on "GBI or, FBI.Records.OCT 24. th 2002.In the Confederate Capitol. Atlanta. Ga.Unofficial arrest. Will never happen,to a white man or, woman.The whole world witness the Rodney.King beaten.The Psychotic act performed, by these outstanding officers.That are justified, by their, very act. As was the case of , Anthony. Esaw.Caston arrested , by a person that, was not a police.Officer Oct. 24th. 2002.In the Capital City of, the Confederacy. And their was not a, arrest report number.That would justify the arrest.The FBI Listing for. Oct. 24th.2002.(336864J2)Had no official Listing.For the illegal.ARREST. Oct. 24th.2002.There existed a, incident report number.That is (022971480).After the attempted. Premeditated MURDER.Felon Larry. Mizell with 6, inch. 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The Bigotry that is Traditional Confederate.ON OCT 24th. 2002 the state,of Georgia,Is a way.That has always, been the rule."COVERING" UP INJUSTICES". IN THE PREMEDITATED MURDER ATTEMPT.OCT24th.2002 ON ANTHONY .ESAW. CASTON. The State where Justine.Diamon.Was Murder.Has set the standard.When a police kill a person, there has to be, a video.The Video is, not available,the officer involved, in the many. Black people Murders.Can be looking, at possible, Prison sentenced, And life in prison.And the hand picked Gangster grand jury.HERE IN ATLANTA.THE STATE OF GEORGIA.Will not be,allowing Murders.to go free. The out come, of Justice. For Anthony.Esaw. Caston. May never come . There are five Black men. That are missing, as the children, in the missing, and Murder's,in the 1980.These men range, in age sixties,an seventies.And the office, of Paul Howard. I feel gives less, than a dam There has been four Murder.Attempt on the, life of,Anthony. Esaw.Caston. And this continued. Evil exist through Bigotry Racism.Neo N**i injustices.This disregard. That's true White "Supremacy Physcopathic". Injustices their evil will.The awarding which, Is the deliverance, of "Almighty GOD." Supremacy in Traumatic Revelation". As the Red Sea parting.And Condiments which will Be uncomparable.All the Life's loss.In the last known major conflicts.The Racial injustices.That's is favorable.In this ConfederateTraditional Bigotry. Are Atrocities alone with wickness.That is Wrath immoral. Acts of true evil, and grotesque abomination,This world expericing. A virus far,deadly than,Any Condition ever imagine. The "ALMIGHTY:Hand writing.Is on the.Pillars of the,Earth and the restitution is now.The example to, give humanity award's. And acknowledgment.That Racism exist. Here in America.. The Southern CONFERERACY.There will deliver. Abomination or absolution.Anthony Esaw.Caston. (21Century Kunta. Kenta).REAL TRUTH.
I was watching ME TV Friday night when just after 9 PM, Suddenlink put on the screen that the contract with them & KLAX had expired. I don't recall any notice of this potentially happening on ME TV which we watch quite often because of the good shows it offers. Suddenlink is blaming ABC & all the big networks & ABC is apparently blaming Suddenlink. And of course the loser for the moment is the consumer/TV viewer. I hope you both can reach an agreement very soon & avoid raising our fees & charges to watch your channels. Or we will have to find our rabbit ears for our TV's. Thank you for your time.
Anyone else having trouble watching programs on KLAX-31 with DirecTV? Everytime we try to watch a show, the picture is scrambled, it freezes & jumps around. This has been going on for at least a couple of weeks now.....
Are you having issues with your broadcast, it hasnt worked since the hurricane
I’m so very proud of my youngest granddaughter, Gracie Sinclair. She is a junior in high school and attends Georgetown High School. This is a paper she wrote for her English 1010 college class. It’s an interview with an inanimate object. She chose the American flag. Mary, an American Flag GRACIE: Hi, my name is Gracie, and I am interviewing someone very important to me. Just introduce yourself and tell us anything you’d like us to know. MARY: My name is Mary. I’m an American flag; red, white, and blue; stars and stripes; the whole package! I am a flag at an NFL stadium and, um, I’m so happy to be here. GRACIE: Let’s just start with where you are. What is it like to be a flag for the NFL? MARY: Oh, I love it. The bright lights, the tens of thousands of cheering fans, and my Anthem playing incredibly loud over the speakers. It’s absolutely priceless. GRACIE: Yeah, I mean it sounds amazing. How do you feel about all the recent events going on in the NFL? MARY: Well, it’s pretty discouraging, but I try to stay positive. I love who I am, what I am and it’s just hard, you know, that people don’t like me or support me. I just miss how it used to be. GRACIE: Yeah, being a patriot myself, I think about it a lot. Everything that’s going on, you know. MARY: Yeah, because it’s not just me. I am not just a flag. I represent this country and our military. I just think that people should be proud to be here, somewhere that has freedom and they should stand proudly for the people who die and risk their lives for us to have that freedom. GRACIE: Of course, I completely agree. What is it like for you? What are your feelings when people kneel? MARY: I feel hated. I am hopeful that people will start standing again because if not, then I would have to feel that way all the time. You know, some flags have just completely lost hope, but there are still some fans that stand at the games, just not many. GRACIE: I’m sorry. I couldn’t even imagine it. You represent something so great, so important and are just disrespected like that. What do you do stay optimistic, to get through it? MARY: I remember what it used to be like. GRACIE: What did it used to be like from your perspective? MARY: Oh, I could never forget it. Every player, every coach, every staff member, and every spectator would rise to their feet. They would take their hats off and their hand would be over their hearts. The Star-Spangled Banner would begin to play over the speaker. Tens of thousands of eyes on me, even little kids standing proudly, not yet knowing how important it was. Most of the people were singing along to the song, not caring how good they sounded, but singing because it was for their country, for their military. It sometimes even brought people to tears. I would give anything to have that back. GRACIE: Wow. I don’t even know what to say. It sounds incredible. I hope you get it back, too. I miss when a value to people’s lives was country. Some places, like where I live, have flags everywhere. We have flags in our rooms, on our vehicles, we wear them, and red, white, and blue are our favorite colors. Then, you have places that the only way you can find a flag is if someone is burning it. It breaks my heart. MARY: Yeah. People just aren’t patriotic anymore. To them, this is where they live and nothing else. Our country is just a location to them. That’s the only thing I could think of. GRACIE: You know, in society, kneeling for the flag is socially acceptable and politically correct because they perceive it as a form of a protest instead of disrespect. MARY: A protest, for what? GRACIE: Justice. MARY: Well, I don’t think that disrespecting the flag that stands for our military and our country is justified for a protest. GRACIE: (CHUCKLES) Yeah, I agree. MARY: I mean I believe in protesting peacefully because that’s part of being in America. That’s part of freedom. I don’t think that you should disrespect the country that gives you that freedom and our military that fights for that freedom to protest. GRACIE: I couldn’t have said it better myself. So, what would you say is your favorite part of being an American flag? MARY: Have you ever seen those pictures of ripped up flags held up by servicemembers after winning a battle? They’re bloody, injured, and beaten down, but they still manage to hold that flag up after a victory. GRACIE: Yeah. MARY: That. That’s what I represent. I mean, that obviously that wasn’t me specifically, but we all stand for the same thing. Dignity. Freedom. Perseverance. GRACIE: Yeah, I am proud of that, just being an American. I would think that any flag would be proud of that, especially. What would you say is your least favorite part of being a flag? MARY: Obviously, everything that’s going on right now, but I would say being alone all the time, high up in the air by myself. GRACIE: It must be super lonely; how do you deal with that? MARY: Well, while there aren’t people talking to me or spending time with me specifically all the time, there are people there all the time. That’s a perk of being an NFL flag. The team is practicing, people are cleaning, or the coach is sometimes by himself planning, and of course the fans. Sometimes, it does get lonely and quiet and I can hear the traffic, so I just think. GRACIE: If you don’t mind me asking, what do you think about? MARY: I mainly think about the future or things I can’t do and want to. Not in a sad way or anything just imagining. I think about the day that people proudly stand for my Anthem again and maybe even shed a few tears like before. I think about trying some of that good-looking food that the fans eat (GIGGLES). When the wind is blowing, I don’t think of anything. I just wave in the wind and relax. GRACIE: So, what would you try? MARY: Well, the players have this big cooler of liquid called Gatorade. It is a deep red color, super pretty. I would love to try that. Oh, and the fans eat these chili dogs with the golden yellow melted cheese on top and the fans seem to really enjoy it so I would love to try it. GRACIE: So, your dream meal would be Fruit Punch Gatorade and a chili dog? MARY: Yeah, absolutely. GRACIE: Hmm... So, if you could choose one thing that humans can do for you to do, what would it be? MARY: I would have to say being able to have conversations a lot. I love talking and I’m up on the flagpole all by myself. I watch the humans during the games talking to each other and sometimes they’re just talking and have no idea what’s going on. I watch them talk most of the time they’re there. I love the way their faces light up when they laugh about a comment the other made. I love the way they get excited about a play that was made and just give each other a big hug, but it would just be nice to get to talk to people all the time. GRACIE: Considering that, would you trade being an American flag, something so important, so great for being human and being able to have those connections to people? MARY: You know, Gracie, I have never thought of that before and right now, I didn’t even have to think to answer that question. I have never thought about it because although I love talking, and I’d love to taste those human foods, and I could make real connections with people, I wouldn’t trade being an American flag for the world. I have never thought about it because although it’s hard to stay positive right now, I love what I am. I love being an American flag and representing this country. I think about everything our servicemembers have sacrificed, not even including their lives, and I am almost brought to tears. I think of everything this country has overcome to have the freedoms we have today and what all this country has been through. I think of all the times that people were so injured they could barely stand but stood for the flag. I love what I am. I love what I represent, and I can’t wait for the day people realize what that means again. GRACIE: Wow... That was (PAUSES) powerful. Thanks for coming and sharing with us today, Mary. It truly was an honor to meet you and hear what you have experienced. Thank you.