My mother loved the USA flag. She shared that love with me and my siblings. My dad felt the same; he was a WWII veteran. My mother's siblings also loved the flag and what it stood for.
Pondering the flag and what it stands for trigger deep feelings of patriotism in me. I'm sharing this in hopes that maybe someone else will take the time to do so.
The flag is a powerful symbol. How does it make you feel, and why?
At Lincolns Tomb
by Everett McKinley Dirksen
"On the night of Good Friday, 1865, he left us to join a blessed procession, in neither doubt nor fear, but his soul does indeed go marching on. For this was the Bible-reading lad come out of wilderness, following a prairie star, filled with wonder at the world and its Maker, who all his life, boy and man, not only knew the Twenty-third Psalm but, more importantly, knew the Shepherd.
Now it seems possible that we shall never see his like again. This is a sobering thought, but it should be a kindling one, for upon us now, as a people and a party, has been laid perhaps the greatest responsibility any nation was ever asked to shoulder, yet certainly not greater than we can bear.
Our days are no longer than were Lincoln's, our nights are no darker, and if there is any difference between his time and this it lies in the tremendous advantage that is ours, that he stood so tall before us. In such a time and at such a moment we surely can say then, from hopeful, brimful hearts:
We are standing, Father Abraham, devoted millions strong, firm in the faith that was yours and is ours, secure in the conviction bequeathed by you to us that right does make might and that if we but dare to do our duty as we understand it, we shall not only survive
--we shall prevail."
--we shall prevail."
http://www.usflag.org/essays.html#GIV (scroll down)
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