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  • Flag Day 2011: It's A Flag Worth Flying

    A few weeks ago at Louisiana State University, a small group of agitated students attempted to burn a U.S. flag in protest for some policy or other that they believed warranted the symbolic destruction of their country.

    Before they could get going, however, the protest was interrupted by other students who challenged them. A growing crowd ringed around the would-be flag burners, who became the sad spectacle of their unsuccessful demonstration. The crowd roared, “USA, USA, USA, USA” and a few threw water balloons; the protesters were soon escorted away for their own safety by security officers.

    This altercation over a piece of cloth reveals something crucial about the American flag—it represents an idea that most students at LSU, and indeed most Americans across the country, don’t want burned and destroyed, symbolically or otherwise. Today is Flag Day and is, therefore, a good time to think about the symbolism of this banner.

    On this day in 1777, amidst a desperate war for American independence, the delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the “Stars and Stripes” as the official flag of the newly emerging American nation. According to the adopted resolution: “White signifies Purity and Innocence; Red, Hardiness and Valor; and Blue, Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.” These colors would be organized into 13 alternating red and white stripes and 13 white stars in a field of blue, symbolizing the unity of the 13 colonies and the American people’s struggle for their inalienable rights.

    Since Betsy Ross legendarily stitched the first banner, the American flag continues to inspire each generation. Throughout the War for Independence, American patriots fought and died under that flag in order to secure their rights and the blessings of liberty that had been so boldly proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. It was the sight of that “star-spangled banner” during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the American national anthem. Today, our service men and women continue to fight and die under “Old Glory” in defense of Americans’ right to self-government.

    The idea of human liberty and its political corollary – the principle of self-government, or sovereignty – is not only applicable to Americans. Rather, it is a universal principle applicable to all peoples. Thomas Paine famously observed that “the cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.”

    But this cause is contested today both domestically and internationally. Domestically the Progressive administrative state continues to encroach on the republican government created by the Constitution. Abroad, tyrants and terrorists try to extinguish Lady Liberty’s flame. American sovereignty is also increasingly threatened by international institutions that have little respect for the rule of law and self-government.

    The ideals of America’s founding are timeless. And yet the defense of Freedom is never complete, but requires eternal vigilance. Not only must the cloth and colors of the flag endure, but the liberty it represents must not perish from the earth. In the words of the National Anthem:

    O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On this symbolic day, not only Americans, but free people everywhere should pause to ponder the meaning of this red, white, and blue flag.

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    10 Responses to Flag Day 2011: It's A Flag Worth Flying

    1. DB Lovett - Torrance says:

      The protests are protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution. However, there is always a level of hipocrisy in buring the flag in protest when the freedoms provided by that flag and what it represents include the protest itself.

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    4. Renny, Maryland says:

      How could any judge or judges, sitting on their a_ _ make a decision that it is Ok to burn the Nations flag due to "freedom of speach?" Apparently they don't realize that men and women shed their blood and lives defending this flag and our country. If it is nothing but a rag then why do we have and fly them?? I thank God for the students who stood up to this nonsense. They apparently have more "wisdom" than some of our judicial representatives!!!! God Bless

    5. JL HENNING says:

      I am all for freedom of speech. However, I do not consider burning of anything, especially the US flag, a form of speech. Or desecrating our flag IN ANY MANNER.

      Speech is speech, and vandalism is vandalism!

    6. Abigail Blakeslee- W says:

      I believe that the flag repersents our country like the cross repersents what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. I believe it tells others that they can be free to live too! That they don't have to live under a iron thumb. Our fore fathers had prayed and asked God what they needed to do to set this country up. FREEDOM LET IT RING NOT ONLY IN THE NATRUAL, BUT ALSO IN HOUR HEARTS.

    7. Chris, Freeland, MD says:

      A coworker's father was a WWII, Korea and Vietnam Marine. He told a story of how his father was with a young Marine who was mortally wounded on a godforsaken island in the South Pacific. As he was dying, he told my friends father he just wanted to see the Flag flying one last time.

    8. Wes in cincy says:

      Many European countries have realized that by joining the EU they have given up their own sovereignty. I wonder how many regret that decision ?

    9. and2therepublic, ill says:

      "Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we have received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them."

      Thomas Jefferson – Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking up Arms – July 6, 1775.

    10. Dennis former Soldie says:

      I served this country during Desert Storm and seeing what those students did to protect our Flag , gave me hope. I sence that not all the youth of our country are lost, by the lies of the American educational system feeds them or the media tells them on T.V. I Wondered in my heart how many youth understand the importances of the freedom given to them .Also the importance of holding the smbols of freedom such as "Our Flag" with reverance in , not only because it represence our country, or what men did or gave so it could continue, but it also more importly it represence a God given gift of responcabily as citizens to live with a sence of reverance and Godly standards. Hearing of those kids standing up for our flag showed me that when I served our Country it was done with worth because it will be there gift to reverce as well, not just for miss guided people who will try to burn our sacret simbal.

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