With all of the protests and flag burning since the November 8th Presidential Election,
I felt the need to post this article from Bill Bennett's American Patriot's Almanac to remind us what this symbol
The Meaning of the Flag
On December 28, 1945,
Congress made the Pledge of Allegiance the official national pledge to the U.S. flag. Noted clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (1813–87)
reminded us what our flag means:
If one asks the meaning of our flag, I say
it means just what Concord and Lexington meant, what Bunker Hill meant. It means the whole glorious Revolutionary War. It
means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means all that the Constitution of our people, organizing for justice,
for liberty, and for happiness, meant.
Under this banner rode Washington and his armies. . . . It waved on the
highlands at West Point. . . . This banner streamed in light over the soldiers’ heads at Valley Forge. . . . It crossed
the waters rolling with ice at Trenton. . . .
Our flag carries American ideas, American history, and American feelings.
Beginning with the colonies, and coming down to our time, in its sacred heraldry, in its glorious insignia, it has gathered
and stored chiefly this supreme idea: Divine right of liberty in man. Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty.
Every form of star and beam or stripe of light means liberty. Not lawlessness, not license, but organized, institutional liberty—
liberty through law, and laws for liberty.
This American flag was the safeguard of liberty. Not an atom of crown
was allowed to go into its insignia. Not a symbol of authority in the ruler was permitted to go into it. It was an ordinance
of liberty by the people, for the people. That it meant, that it means, and, by the blessing of God, that it shall mean to
the end of time.