A Courageous Sign of Respect and Friendship

This Fourth of July I received a most special gift  — an American flag, found in the waters off the coast of Morocco 36 years ago by a very courageous Russian fisherman and sailor.  In 1974, the sailor, Mr. Gennadi Gamov, today an Estonian citizen, found our flag floating in the water, and out of simple respect for our national symbol, brought the Stars and Stripes on board his Soviet fishing trawler.  A great personal risk to himself, Mr. Gamov first hid our flag in his cabin for 3 months and then in his home in Estonia after his return — until Estonian re-independence in 1991!  Mr. Gamov’s sense of honor and courage is deeply moving and a tribute him and to Estonians of Russian extraction.  Thank you again, Mr. Gamov, on behalf of the American people.

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