Nation: Freedom March

During a protest at Arlington (Mass.) High School last spring, Martha A. Meyers, 17, burned an American flag. Last week she appealed her six-month jail sentence before Superior Court Judge Frank W. Tomasello, who lectured her on patriotism and suggested an odd alternative. He proposed that Martha immediately carry a big (5-ft. by 8-ft.) American flag on a three-mile march through the city of Cambridge. That chilly morning she dutifully carried her 15-lb. burden through the streets, head high, her face expressionless. The judge then continued the case for a year.

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