Respect The American Flag (Memorial Day 2020)

“The Flag”

Author Unknown

Hello! Remember me? Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star-Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America.

I remember some time ago people lined up on both sides of the street to watch the parade and naturally, I was always there, proudly waving in the breeze.

When your daddy saw me coming, he immediately removed his hat and placed it over his heart. Remember? And you, I remember you standing there straight as a soldier. You didn`t have a hat but you were giving the right salute.

Remember your little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you, with her hand over her heart. Remember?

What happened? I’m still the same old flag. Oh, I have added a few more stars since you were a boy, and a lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago. But I don’t feel as proud as I used to. When I come down your street, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets. I may get a small glance but then you look away.

I see the children running around and shouting. They don’t seem to know who I am. I saw one man take off his hat and look around. He didn’t see anybody else with his hat off so he quickly put his back on. Is it a sin to be patriotic? Have you forgotten what I stand for and where I’ve been? Anzio, Normandy, Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Korea and Vietnam.

Take a look at the memorial honor rolls some time. Look at the names of those who never came back in order to keep this republic free. One nation under God. When you salute me, you are actually saluting them.

Well, it won’t be long until I’ll be coming down your street again. So, when you see me, stand straight, place your right hand over your heart. I’ll salute you by waving back. And I’ll know that you remembered. 

(Reprinted from the Chicago Tribune)

With today being Memorial Day, I wanted to address our nation’s flag. There has been lots of controversy over the American flag. Sports players are kneeling in rebellion, not saluting, and some even remain seated! They feel that the American flag does not represent the values that they think it should. Maybe to them, it is just a rectangular piece of material. The American flag stands for so much more than some stars and stripes on a piece of fabric, though. 

The American flag represents the freedoms that we are given here in America. And those freedoms do not come without a price. There are thousands of men and women that are fighting for these freedoms. Thousands of children sit at home without a mother or father, and thousands of spouses sit at home without their husband or wife who has fought and is still fighting. 

You can disagree with the government, or the way America is run, but you can’t disrespect those who fight for us. Because while you are giving your opinion on how you think things should go, there is someone overseas fighting for your right to express that opinion – and perhaps even dying. Although things are not perfect, most people would agree we live in one of the best countries in the world. 

We have freedoms that people in other countries can only dream of. Because of those freedoms, we should respect the American flag so much more. By respecting the American flag, you are respecting the freedoms that you are given, and respecting the people that fight to give us those freedoms.

When the flag is raised or lowered, you salute it by standing, placing your right hand over your heart, taking off your hat, and being silent. When a flag passes you (like in a parade), show it the same respect. Others may think you’re crazy, or just a little old fashioned, but that’s okay. The older citizen or veteran who is watching will appreciate the respect that you are giving.

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance – not a day of awesome sales and when pools (usually) open. This Memorial Day, please remember all those who have lost their lives for our country. So many men and women have laid down their lives for our freedom. From the Revolutionary War up until today. Freedom is not free. 

If you do not know 100% that you will be going to Heaven when you die, now is the time to repent and put your faith and trust in Christ Jesus. If you have any questions or doubts about your salvation, click here to read how you can be saved.

Resource:

Landers, Ann. “The Flag – Author Unknown”. The Chicago Tribune. June 14, 1992. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1992-06-14-9202220753-story.html (accessed May 21, 2020).

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