Our American Flag - Symbol of
Hope, Icon of Freedom
(February 26, 2008)
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
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, a California resident, is a
military veteran, former federal agent and founder of
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