It’s time to wish us all a happy Flag Day.
We love Old Glory, the Star Spangled Banner, the Stars and Stripes. By whatever name we call it, we cherish our national symbol.
That is the more important point I want to make with this brief blog post. It is a symbol of the nation our founders created.
Those wise men wrote our Constitution and ratified it in 1787 after winning our independence from the English crown. The flag has come to mean many things to millions upon millions of Americans then and in the two-plus centuries since that time.
What it means to me is simple, but a bit nuanced. The flag flies as a symbol of the liberties we enjoy as citizens of a great nation. Among those liberties is the right — as expressed in the very First Amendment to that Constitution — to register peaceful protest. If we don’t like what our government does for us or to us, we are able to assemble “peaceably” without recrimination.
Yep, that means no tear gas, no clubbing by cops, no handcuffs and, dare I say it, no knees pressed into the back of our necks while the police are detaining us.
We are able to speak our minds.
So, the flag is far more than a piece of cloth stitched together in red, white and blue. It is an ideal by which we live and for which we fight. The ideal is being challenged these days as the nation grapples with injustice, which it always has done.
However, the flag will continue to fly and it will continue to represent the ideals we hold dear as proud citizens of this most exceptional nation.