The flag is a symbol, a reminder to us of the grand experiment of a democratic republic that was established over two hundred years ago. Founded upon a Constitution and Bill of Rights and set forth by a Declaration of Independence, this Republic, while not always living up to expectations, has served us well. It has guaranteed us freedoms and protected our rights. It has given us a form of government that would be hard to top in the world community. And the flag is a symbol of that Republic and honoring it is a expression of our pride.
One of the most cherished memories for me was the presentation of the Flag to Mom and the family at Dad's funeral, the flag that honored my Dad for his service to this nation, that nation and flag that he served in World War II. That flag is a cherished possession of mine.
I would like to end this post with the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance
to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic
for which it stands,
with liberty and justice