What is it about our national flags? Little more than scraps of fabric stitched together, they possess a certain power. Unfurled from the sides of buildings, atop poles, and rooftops, they symbolize the dreams and aspirations of an entire country.
They symbolize home.
For those of us who call the United States home, our flag was officially established June 14, 1777. That was the day Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.
Of course, in the last two hundred and thirty-five years, those stars and stripes have experienced many a change. Our star spangled banner has traveled to many a land. It’s advanced into battle and marched in parades; it’s flown as a sign of solidarity and been burned in defiance; it’s covered the caskets of the fallen and been handed as consolation to those left behind.
Our flag has flown above it all. It’s witnessed everything, our strengths and our shortcomings–yet it refuses to lose hope. Though it says not a word, it continues to spur us on to greatness–to a better land, a better people, a better future for us all.
So here’s to Old Glory . . . long may she wave!