America must always come first, never side with the enemy. Our Flag is what unites us and should never divide us.
Sadly, in today's day and age, the history of the flag isn't taught to our children. The only flag they know is today's flag with 50 stars.
The Liberty Flag of Protest
Before the Revolutionary War, the people of the colonies flew the "Liberty" flag. A blue flag with the word "Liberty" on it. For about 5 years before the war, they flew it in protest.
Revolutionary War Flag
The Revolutionary War flag was commissioned by Congress. It represented the united colonies. 13 alternating red and white stripes, blue canton with 13- 5 pointed stars arranged in a circle.
It was carried in battle and while many other flags were carried due to their colony affiliation or organization, it was the Betsy Ross flag that represented the colonies as a whole.
It showed unity and a fight for a common cause.
United as One Under the American Flag
The history of our flag and our pledge to our country makes us all Patriots. Those who use it as a tool to abuse our pledge are not patriots. The American flag unites us and should never divide us.
We have taken an oath to our flag since it's inception. And while the words have changed. The meaning behind them has not, it has only gotten stronger.
1892: "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
1923: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
1954: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
During the year 1918, the United States House of Representatives passed the American's Creed.
I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
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I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
Our Duty when it comes to the flag
The American flag is our symbol. We use it to honor Americans during so many occasions.
The American flag is hoisted to the peak and let stand for an instant and then lowered to half staff position. This is done to honor and mourn the death of our government officials that have served as our representatives at the time of their death. We do this as well in honor of our military members and 1st responders. During a national day of remembrance and after a tragedy in our country.
We fly it at night with illumination to let it wave and represent us as Americans.
We drape the coffins of those who have served us to honor their memory.
We can even fly it upside down to show extreme danger to our life and property.
The one thing we should never do is to desecrate it. The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery. Items made from material with flags is acceptable to show our patriotism. But never should a flag be used for anything other than to honor us.
Breaking America's Creed and Dishonoring Patriotism
The Ugliness of America Showed on January 6, 2021
As American's it was horrifying to watch as our Capital building was attacked by our own friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers. We watched in horror as the American flag was removed and a Trump flag was put in it's place. We watched in horror as our own police officers were brutally attached by our own people. We watched all the desecrated flags flying at our Capital building. We watched in horror as they showed a gallow in the crowd and heard our own people threatening our Vice President.
The American flag should never have been removed, it was a defining moment that showed the world that America had lost its way.
A true Patriot never dishonors the American flag
Edgar Guest, a famous poet, wrote about our flag in 1916. He could not have been more right in his words.
Our Duty To Our Flag
Less hate and greed
Is what we need
And More of service true;
More men to love
The flag above
And keep it first in view.
Less boast and brag
About the flag,
More faith in what it means;
More Heads erect,
Less talk of war machines.
The time to fight
To keep it bright
Is not along the way,
Nor 'cross the foam,
But here at home
'Tis we must love
That flag above
With all our might and main;
For from our hands,
Not distant lands,
Shall come dishonor's stain.
If that flag be
Have done it, not the foe;
If it shall fall
We first of all
Shall be to strike a blow.
It is our duty as Americans to remember what the flag stands for, honor it, respect it and each other. No matter our race, what country we've come from, what sex or religion we hold as our own, we are all Americans. And we have all, at one time or another, pledged our allegiance to the flag of our United States of America.
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