When the government says it's going to run something up the flagpole, it's not kidding. For a small charge, you can become the proud owner of a U.S. flag that has flown over the Capitol, along with an appropriate certificate, by sending a request to your favorite Senator or Representative. Best bargain: a 3-ft. by 5-ft. nylon version for $10.04, which includes a $3.30 flying fee but not shipping and handling. The request is forwarded by your Congressman to the Flag Office of the Capitol, where an average of 350 such specially sought Star-Spangled Banners are prepared for hoisting every day....

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