'Wherever we were, the American flag was there'

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EUGENE, Ore. -- The United States flag is one of the nation's oldest and most recognized symbols. To honor Old Glory, we celebrate Flag Day each June 14.

During the early days of the Revolutionary War colonies used flags for distinction. In late 1775 a committee of congress decided on a unified flag with 13 stripes.

The first U.S. flag was unfurled January 2, 1776.

Robin Hickman, known as the neighborhood flag man in Eugene, has more than 500 American flags.

"Whatever base we were on, whatever ship we served on, no matter what branch of service. Wherever we were, the American flag was there," said Hickman.

Hickman said he goes all out each Flag Day because it is often forgotten, being as it lands near Father's Day and shares graduation ceremonies with many schools.