Monday, July 04, 2011

The Stars And Stripes

Photo Source: Library Of Congress

I love our flag! It gives me such a feeling of pride to look at it. To understand what it stands for. Even now, when I am sadly disillusioned by my country and what it has become. The flag still stands for what I, and every American citizen believes in. The fact that our government does not stand up to our vision of it, has nothing to do with the flag or the citizens.

Photo Source: State Library and Archives Of Florida

In 1861, Major Robert Anderson moved the American garrison from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in defiance of the new Confederate States Of America. This one act was considered to be the start of the Civil War. After that the flag was used to show our patriotism. Until then it had been mainly used for military moves and for marking our territories. Major Anderson started a movement with his actions and things changed. The Stars and Stripes flew everywhere and still does today. They could not keep up the demand of making them by hand anymore. The flag then had to be mass produced.
Photo Source: Library of Congress

After September 11, 2001, I never saw so many flags. It united our country in a way, like World War II did. So if you fly a flag today, it is appreciated, even though nobody tells you so. Just seeing the red, white and blue waving in the breeze, is an enormous feeling of pride to me. The fourth of July is the day to celebrate our independence and our flag. God bless America!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO ALL! 


 Copyright © 2011 Kathleen G. Lupole
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