Kent Bush: Celebrate true meaning of Flag Day

Kent Bush

Before recently contrived definitions, there was true meaning in the colors of our national banner.

Before the United States was divided into red states, blue states, and swing states, there were the red and white bars symbolizing the 13 original colonies.

The 50 white stars on the union blue canton represented all the states of the federation.

The colors on the flag united a nation unlike the new colorful descriptions that divide the country down party lines.

Flag Day is celebrated every June 14.

The flag should be displayed on all government buildings. Some organizations hold parades and events in celebration of America's national symbol.

It represents one country, under God, with liberty and justice for all.

President Woodrow Wilson said, "The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history."

But in a time of war, it is hard to think of any display of the flag that is more meaningful than when the union blue field is draped over a coffin, covering the left shoulder of a fallen member of the armed forces.

Since combat began in Iraq, almost 4,100 people have died in the fight. About 500 more have died in Afghanistan.

Whether you support the war or think it is a worthless quagmire, you have to respect and admire those who have sacrificed themselves serving their country.

The broad stripes and bright stars will survive this perilous fight as it has many more before.

Flag Day isn't just another reason for a parade. It is a day set aside to pay tribute to the banner that represents our country and all we stand for.

Take time Saturday to reflect on what the flag means to you.

Despite all the fights with those outside our borders and those we fight within, Old Glory does still wave over the land of the free and home of the brave.

Augusta Gazette