Show pride in being American

Published 5:28 pm Tuesday, June 14, 2016

To the Editor,

On Flag Day, June 14, we commemorated the adoption of the American flag. For more than 200 years, Old Glory has served as a symbol of our nation’s freedom and as a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military and recognize the significance of the stars and stripes.

Flag Day is also a time to honor our nation’s veterans who have served to protect the flag and the ideals it represents. With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded; principles such as liberty, justice, sacrifice and unity.

Whether you are a veteran, the loved one of a service member or a patriotic volunteer, there are many ways to honor the service member and veteran who have and continues to serve under the flag of our country. Say thank you to those who are serving or have served and properly stand at attention to show respect for the flag as it passes by, is hoisted on its staff and especially when the National Anthem is played at any event.

Remember that Flag Day is not the only day to show love and respect for this great symbol. Take time to display your flag at home or at your business every day. Stop, too, to remember those who sacrificed so much for your freedoms enjoyed here in America. Think about the choices you have as an American and appreciate it. Feel the pride knowing that our flag has been carried across the world in defense of the freedom not only for us, but for so many more. Be proud to be an American on Flag Day and every other day.

Betsey Lee Hodges
President, American Legion Auxiliary Unit No.15