Kindling the Country's Heart

The Olympic torch burns brightly and warmly

Perhaps what is most surprising is the tears. Such as those that came to the eyes of the young boy watching from a bed in front of a Connecticut hospital when the runner paused by his side and let him hold the torch. Even Joey Glenn, a 15-year-old in a Van Halen T shirt who hardly seems the crying type, admitted that the sight of the proud flame made him feel like "crying for America" as he watched from the dry roadside in Collinsville, Texas. Almost as surprising...

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