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Country and Flag

By Shawn Black

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There have been many idealistic symbols and portrayals of Nations throughout the world's history. None has correctly signified the meaning of Freedom, Liberty and hope as our American Flag.

We all remember well from enthusiastic teachers and Veterans of old. Born in Philadelphia, the stars and stripes represented a new nation devoted to Liberty and built on the foundation of opportunity. The blue represented our loyalty and faith. The white the purity and nobility of a nation committed for equality. The red proclaims our courage and the sacrifice of our American Spirit.

Shawn Black
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Today our Flag continues to proclaim unique American Ideals. We encourage the pursuit of individual and group achievement, and we always bring help to those who cannot help themselves. Our flag displaying the hope of Liberty; breathes new life for immigrants and fuels the fire of Freedoms ideals.

As with the founding fathers who believed, we voice the hope of our hearts and our faith “In God we trust'. We acknowledge the preservation of faith for all cultures and guided under the care of a God who values each life, each nation and every tongue.

Our Flag is more than a symbol of proven ideals and our grandest dreams. She has endured as the world's symbol for Liberty and a sign of rugged individual determination. We wouldn't have it any other way.

She is clutched by those who dream and loathed by those who fear the truth. Our flag has been with those on distant shores, those fighting for freedom and those who cannot speak for themselves. And we remember that peace and freedom are embraced tightly, when seen through the eyes of those afflicted and to those who have gained Independence.

What began from our hearts and simple sewn pieces of cloth, has become so much more. She is worn proudly on sleeves, and with American Ideals emblazoned upon our hearts. The flag is stamped, sewn, painted, given, and felt across the miles. She is flown for all to see, all who hope and all who dream.

We pledge to its allegiance when young, we subscribe to its hope when old. And in between our uniquely American lives, we live through our dreams and proclaim her hope. It is through her strength, that her ties bind a nation and our hearts. They are the ties that have kept us together yesterday, today and forever.

The flag will forever proclaim what is engrained in our hearts-freedom, hope, liberty and opportunity for all. And may each of us esteem freedom, hold fast the mantle of Liberty and engage in the Honorable endeavor.

Shawn Black
Copyright 2007

About Author:
Shawn Black, a California resident, is a military veteran, former federal agent and founder of Project Prayer Flag.

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