Dear Homeowner, Business Owner, Ordinary Citizen, and/or anyone who may fly an American Flag:
Please pay close attention to the condition of the flag you fly. There are regulations stating the proper way to display, handle, and dispose of a flag. It should not be left out in the rain, it should not be flown in the dark (unless it has a light dedicated to shining on it), and it should be retired when it gets worn.
It amazes me how often I can drive down the street and find a flag that is tattered and torn flying in someone’s yard, or place of business. To me, the carelessness and unconcern that is shown in regard to flying our flag, shows the state of our nation today. Our flag is supposed to stand for something, just like we, as a country, used to stand for something.
The flag means to some of us. It means something to me, because I know the importance. I was brought up knowing of the symbol for which it stands. Both of my Grandfathers fought in World War II. It meant something to them. It meant enough that they were willing to fight for it. They saw horrors that most of us will never know. They saw friends fall beside them, and had to step over them, and keep going. My Grandpa fought hard, and came home to his family. He traveled thousands of miles, to foreign lands, with a company of men, all of whom cared enough about our flag to fight for and sacrifice for it. They cared enough to fight for all the people at home, whether they had met them or not. And they sacrificed alright. They gave their all; each and every one of them. I am here today; because my Grandpa was one of 3 men in that company who made it home. I’m also here today, because the rest of them were willing to fight alongside him.
When I see a torn and tattered flag, I think of my Grandpas. I think of the disrespect it shows to them, when it’s neglected.
***Lord, I pray for those who have fought, and continue to fight for that flag. I pray that we won’t neglect them, or take for granted that for which our flag stands. Give us a passion for helping each other, and not just ourselves. Amen***