Many Americans do a mental holiday fly-over from Memorial Day to July 4th. Flag Day gets lost on the ‘summer plans’ horizon. We’re busy trying to make ends meet, finishing up late spring cleaning, figuring out a way to squeeze in some sort of summer vacation, and gussying up the yard for the upcoming Independence Day wing-ding. Planting last-minute petunias and scrubbing winter grime off patio furniture takes precedence over hauling out a ladder to hang up a piece of cloth in the middle of JUNE. Who has time to do that, especially when it’s just 19 days until the big three-day sparkler weekend in July?
We should change the way we think about Flag Day and National Flag Week. It’s a time set aside specifically to honor all that our beloved flag represents. With the winds of weakness billowing across America, threats from within our own nation assaulting our Constitution, and our military in daily danger, wouldn’t it be a good idea to fly Old Glory this week? Shouldn’t we deck our homes, businesses, and vehicles in red, white, and blue as a reminder of the freedoms we’ve been blessed with? And, the freedoms we’re losing?
Crucial mid-term elections this fall will further America’s decline or generate her re-birth. Acknowledging all that is at stake, let’s show unity in our determination to preserve liberty. Fly the Stars & Stripes high this week!
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
It is time for America to pursue the difficult course ahead, to confront the looming problems, to strengthen the foundations of our prosperity, and to secure the sources of our liberty and safety. The sacrifice and hard work will not sap our national energy; they will restore it. I’m one of those who believe America is destined to remain as it has been since the birth of the Republic – the brightest hope of the world. And for that belief, I do not apologize. – Mitt Romney (No Apology: The Case for American Greatness p. 34)
The Fort McHenry Flag inspired Francis Scott Key to pen words which would later become our national anthem. To learn more about this important time in America’s history click here.
UPDATE: Remember this from November 2007? Standing in front of a HUGE United States flag while the national anthem is being sung, who doesn’t have his hand over his heart?
► Jayde Wyatt