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Flag Day - Letter To The Editor

This is a Letter to the Editor published in the Long Island Advance:

Why Does Flag Day Matter?

June 14th is defined as Flag Day. It is a day to honor the Flag of the United States of America. Is it just a flag? And why does it matter?

I submit that it is much more than just a flag. Our Flag flies over every government facility, at every Embassy in foreign lands, at every Military base both home and abroad, and on all the ships of the U.S. Navy. It flies at many public buildings and individual homes. It is the symbol of our great country. It is honored in our National Anthem and our Pledge of Allegiance. But even more, it symbolizes what has made our country great. It symbolizes the belief in freedom and justice, unity across all of our land, and “the American dream”.

And yes it does matter. With the commitment to freedom, the Flag stands for all of those who have sacrificed to establish, defend, and maintain our freedom. It has draped the coffins of all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. It is honored by those who have served in the military. And it is honored by all those who have not served, but believe in the principles that created our country. And it should be a constant reminder that freedom isn’t free, that freedom comes with a price. In many ways, the Flag represents the ideals that are the foundation of our country.

On June 14th, 1777 the Stars and Stripes was designed. It has symbolized our nation ever since. It has stood for courage, sacrifice, justice, and freedom ever since that day. Let us pay honor to our Flag and our country, the United States of America.

Jon Ralph

1st Vice Commander

American Legion Patchogue Post 269


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