Nothing evokes such strong emotion as seeing the flag, either at a ceremony honoring
a great event or draped over a coffin as a sign of mourning for a hero or loved
Its unfurled banner, which symbolizes the love and pride that we have as a nation,
is a poignant reminder of America's greatness and our fortune to live in a country
which values freedom above all else. It signifies the commitment made by our fallen
comrades who battled bravely to defend the honor of this sacred emblem - our American
unity, our power, and our purpose as a nation. And it exemplifies the devotion of
our leaders who continue to uphold its promise of liberty, justice and freedom for
Our nation reveres the flag, not out of a sense of unquestioning worship but out
of a deep sense of our national heritage. Strengthened by our noble deeds, splendid
accomplishments, and untold sacrifices, the flag reflects America's pledge to uphold
democracy and work for peace throughout the world. It is America's strength in honor,
as dignified in the stars and stripes of the flag, which helps to establish the
moral character of our national foundation.
The flag, endearingly referred to as "Old Glory", represents all people of America.
We, the people, are America. It is little wonder that the people of America are
moved when saluting the flag as it passes by, reminding us that we are part of this
great land. We are "one nation under God."
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