Commentary: Election Day is upon us, and plenty of flags are waving. But what do flags mean?

When I was a kid, Mrs. Kleinbrook, our neighbor across the street, had a flagpole in her front yard. She was the original occupant of that house, built on the Detroit city line shortly after World War II. She often told us about traveling from Army base to Army base with her husband during the war, so it seemed natural she’d fly the American flag.Mrs. K was a neighborhood pillar — part grandmother, part saint — always in motion, hosting something for Our Lady of Grace Church, funding someone’s schooling, proselytizing for a donut shop just opened by a newly arrived Cambodian family.Every elect…

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