Friday, June 12, 2009

Flag Day

Sunday is Flag Day.

There was a time in our history when our flag was empty of experience. It had the symbolism of a united people and the expectation of greatness, but we were a young country and as yet had little collective history.

The United States wasn’t even a year old when Continental Congress adopted the design on June 14th, 1777. But now, centuries later we should remember that our flag is much more than red and white clothe stripes and symbolic stars in blue.

It’s everything that’s ever happened to this country and everything we’ve ever done. It’s victory and defeat. It’s protests and pageantry. It’s honor with humility and shame with remorse. It’s living and dying for principle. A nation is not its flag. Our flag is the collective body and history of our nation. It’s not only the rights we are guaranteed, but it’s also the personal rights we embrace and grant to others through courtesy and compassion and character.

Above all the flag is the waving symbol for the entire world to see our courage, our liberty, and our belief in the God we trust.

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