The schools don’t teach it, the government doesn’t honor it. How will anyone ever understand what the Flag, our flag, stands for if no one speaks of it. Today becomes just another obscure patriotic day on the calendar.
But some still remember that those stars in a field of blue remind us to look to the heavens from all fifty states and say ‘thank you’ for our freedom. Some still recall the white is for the peace that we aspire to, and the red is for the life blood given to attain that peace. Thirteen separate colonies we began as and fifty strong we remain united two-hundred-thirty-seven years later.
How about those in Oklahoma this last month, who even in the aftermath of total destruction found their flags and hung them from the trees. How about those firefighters and the photographer who found the flag and raised it amid the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11. And every immigrant knows they’ve made it across the border and to our shores when they see that flag for the first time. They made it. The first leg of their journey is ended.
Well, maybe, even if most don’t remember, there are a few that do still know in both their hearts and minds that our flag stands for something more than most. It stands for the hope and freedom that all in the world desire in their hearts.
For that, may the Stars and Stripes fly forever! For God and Country, may they fly forever!
June 14th, 2013