"Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I'm not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be."
- John Wayne
The design of the American flag has been modified 26 times since 1777. The current design of the flag comes from Robert G. Heft who was 17 years old at the time of his design in 1958. He created the flag design for a school project to which he received a B- for his effort. (thanks Wikipedia)
His teacher gave him a B- ?
Really? You would think sometime between 1958 and now that his teacher would have changed his grade to an A+.
And since I feel like giving out grades with this post, I would give an F to all of those in the political arena, some school administrations, and any other U.S. citizen who is opposed to flying the old red, white and blue.
What led me to writing this post, aside from Memorial Day coming up, was the nugget I found in the news last week. A South Carolina High School student was told to take down his American flag from his pickup truck which he parked on school grounds during school. Once he took this to social media the following day there was a huge parade in front of the school of many towns folk waving their American flag.
Upon further research I found that more and more schools, universities and public places are opposed to flying the American flag for fear of offending others. Hmm, I distinctly remember after 9/11 that was all you saw was red, white and blue colors from car bumpers to car windows to house porches to lampposts to t-shirts. You could not get away from those colors anywhere within the US.
The American flag represents our nation's strength and unity, even in the midst of all her flaws as John Wayne puts it.
Yes, we may have our flaws here in America, but we cannot forget the sacrifice of all those men and women who fought for our freedom.
Don't be afraid to wave Old Glory, especially this Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S.
Thank you to all those who served and sacrificed for our freedom and to those that still serve!