2009-06-10 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Long may she wave
By Larry G. Spence

Many of you already know that I am a patriotic flag-waving American since childhood. That's just the way I was brought up, and then later in life when I became a member of our Armed forces, it just enhanced the feelings and pride that had already grown deep roots in my life. So with Sunday being Flag Day, it is only proper that I try to get your patriotic juices flowing and talk about our flag.

If you were like me you grew up around 4th of July celebrations, parades throughout the whole year, special Veterans Day activities, and the list goes on. And everywhere you went there was a flag flying or hanging on a porch. The flag was respected and honored, unlike today where people show it no respect and are almost embarrassed to fly our flag. One of my most treasured possessions is the flag that draped my father's casket in honor of his service to his country.

Our flag represents the United States of America, it flies over the world's tallest buildings. It stands watch in America's halls of justice. It flies majestically over institutions of learning. All you have to do is look up and you will see her standing guard and flying proud. It is known all over the world, loved by some, hated by others, and feared by those who know the greatness behind it. It has been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries it has helped set free, but it is still invincible.

My prayer is that our flag's and this country's finest hours are yet to come. We are being torn apart from inside our boundaries, but the flag still stands for freedom and still flies high and proud to this very day. I would hope you have similar feelings toward our flag but if not, please consider all that she has been through, all that she has stood for, and you will immediately know by looking that she is proud as she flows in the breeze. If you have a flag that can be flown, fly it. Not only on Flag Day and other special holidays, but daily. If you don't, get one, the price is small, but the price paid to honor her has been very high. If nothing else get a small one and put it where it can be seen. Be proud of her. Her name is "Old Glory"....long may she wave.

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