In a day and age when it has become commonplace to see people of all types demonstrate in the streets by taking their frustrations out on the Stars and Stripes, it might be nice to take a moment to demonstrate at least a modicum of respect for the symbol of all that has advanced the most powerful, mortal force mankind has ever known…….freedom.
The flag may not be the source of our freedom and its material may not be woven with the same fibers that are responsible for defending it, but it is a symbol of it all. It represents our short but storied history, our struggles, our victory, our contribution to mankind. All of it, is represented by the flag.
It is that history which we respect when we cherish our flag . It is the symbolic value of that flag which we celebrate more than its threads.
It symbolizes the civil rights, freedoms and opportunities that law abiding people are assured by all that it represents.
It symbolizes the men and women who have fought and even died for Lady Liberty’s cause.
All of this is symbolized in our flag and all of this symbolic value deserves some respect.
So the next time you see someone protesting by desecrating our flag, thank your maker for all that is symbolized by the same flag that they destroy, a flag that gives them the right to make their statement. Then be sure to give those same people, the same respet that they gave to that flag.
And the next time you see thousands of people waving the Mexican flag on the streets of America, in an SEIU organized protests calling for an open border and amnesty for illegal conduct, wave back with the American and flaunt your pride of the laws which are symbolized in our flag, laws which some wish to ignore and break but most understand maintain the order that our free and successful society enjoys.
Today is Flag Day. A day for our flag, a flag that bears the red color of the blood which was spilled by those defending our flag’s nation and symbolizes our hardiness, valor, strength, and bravery, the white which represents our desired peace and honesty and the blue that represents our vigilance, perseverance, justice, truth, and loyalty .
How you choose to honor our flag on this day is up to you, but while you should be honoring it everyday by being the best American you can be every single day of your life, be sure that on this day you honor it somehow because you owe a lot to all that it represents.
So on this day, I leave you with the following selection of written and video tributes to our flag and all that it stands for. There is some inspiration to be found in it all.
And if you would like more information regarding our flag and the history of Flag Day, please feel free to visit http://www.USflaf.org , a website dedicated to the flag of the United States of America.
TRIBUTES TO OUR FLAG
Cheers for the sailors that fought on the wave for it,
Cheers for the soldiers that always were brave for it,
Tears for the men that went down to the grave for it,
Here comes the flag!
~Arthur Macy, The Flag
It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations. ~Henry Cabot Lodge
You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
~George M. Cohan
That piece of red, white and blue bunting means five thousand years of struggle upwards. It is the full-grown flower of ages of fighting for liberty. It is the century plant of human hope in bloom. ~Alvin Owsley
Off with your hat, as the flag goes by!
And let the heart have its say;
you’re man enough for a tear in your eye
that you will not wipe away.
~Henry Cuyler Bunner
We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty. ~George Washington, attributed
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom’s shield and hope.
~John Philip Sousa
Oh! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
~Francis Scott Key, The Star-Spangled Banner
Our flag means all that our fathers meant in the Revolutionary War. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means justice. It means liberty. It means happiness…. Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty. Every star and stripe means liberty. ~Henry Ward Beecher
Freedom’s natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones
We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so we dilute the freedom that this cherished emblem represents. ~Justice William J. Brennan, for the Majority US Supreme Court Decision, 3 July 1989
Your flag and my flag,
And how it flies today
In your land and my land
And half a world away!
Rose-red and blood-red
The stripes forever gleam;
Snow-white and soul-white –
The good forefathers’ dream;
Sky-blue and true-blue, with stars to gleam aright –
The gloried guidon of the day, a shelter through the night.
~Wilbur D. Nesbit, Your Flag and My Flag
Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
~George M. Cohan
A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
~John Philip Sousa
The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history. ~Woodrow Wilson