What makes a flag important? So important that one would even die for it? Or keep fighting when it waves? Or salute it during peaceful times? Or ensure it flies in honor?
What makes a flag this important? And why do we honor it one designated day a year?
It’s not the material it’s made out of, or its initial value. It’s not the one stitching it at its seams. It isn’t that it can be made into a smaller version, or even a large highly noticeable one.
No… A flag like this is important for one reason – what it represents!
This flag represents freedom. It stands for truth and justice, and an opportunity for all who embrace it to pursue happiness. This flag has history steeped in blood and sweat and tears. It offers liberty to those who will draw near to claim it, but it requires something of us too.
This flag requires allegiance – to ideals that shaped what she stands for, to foundational truths that brought her into existence, to values she has maintained since her birth, and to an understanding that she submits to her Great Providence.
She doesn’t speak a word and yet when she waves so proudly high in the air, she proclaims with the greatest mighty voice ever known to man:
THIS LAND IS MINE! THIS LAND IS FREE!