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While America was celebrating its bicentennial in 1976, someone stole a special American flag from the Weston Observatory in Manchester, New Hampshire. The flag was hanging while the observatory was undergoing repairs, and an unknown person climbed up some scaffolding and took it. Many local citizens were incensed, but the thief was never identified nor punished. No one knew what happened to the flag until it mysteriously showed up in a package postmarked from Nevada. Authorities say the flag has yellowed a bit, but otherwise is in good condition and they are happy to have it back. In an enclosed note, the thief seemed to be remorseful. Calling himself “a flawed son of Manchester,” the person wrote, “I regretted having done this for many years and apologize for my selfishness. I have taken care to preserve the flag until I could return it so that it may assume its place as part of Manchester’s heritage.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Stolen bicentennial flag returned to NH, http://www.wcvb.com/news/stolen-bicentennial-flag-returned-to-nh/30095314, Accessed December 6, 2014

Luke 15:17 (NLT) “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!

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