Saturday, January 1, 2011
Why I Put My Flag Out
As a symbol of citizenship, the flag represents a value I want our family to espouse in 2011. We are citizens--of our families, our neighborhoods, our schools, churches, state, nation, and world. We live responsibly, honestly, and interdependently. We give honor to the ones who protect our freedom, and we thank God for the privileges we enjoy. The flag reminds us to live in a way that embodies the ideals of our local, national, and global communities.
My husband tells the family that the flag represents that we live for more than just ourselves.
If I had a bugle, I might play an anthem or "To the Colors." We could salute and show respect in the morning and again at night when we take the flag inside. At Camp Greystone, where I served as a counselor for 6 years, the flag raising and lowering ceremony can bring tears to your eyes as you observe hundreds of children and adults, still and silent, honoring the symbol of our citizenship.