Essay On The American Flag

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The American Flag and the erosion of it’s meaning by popular culture The American Flag represents many things in these United States. It represents our nation as a whole. It represents the freedoms that we as American citizens enjoy every day. It represents the liberties that we hold dear. It is a symbol of freedom and a beacon of truth to the entire world. Writer Henry Ward Beecher (Founding Fathers. 2004.) stated it most clearly when he said: “A thoughtful mind when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag, but the nation itself. And whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag, the government, the principles, the truths, and the history that belongs to the nation that sets it forth. The American flag has been a symbol of Liberty and men rejoiced in it.” Our founding fathers created a flag to symbolize all that is just and good about this country. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act…show more content…
The most important way to stop this erosion is to ensure that the next generation understands what the American Flag represents. I believe that the American Flag is more than just a three foot by five foot red white and blue piece of material. We need to remind our children as well as ourselves that the American Flag is more than this. It represents not only the freedoms and liberties that we sometimes take for granted, but also all of the true American Heroes that have served underneath it. The flag represents the soldiers that have fought at home and abroad to ensure that we retain the very freedoms that allow us to protest the wars that they are fighting. The flag represents all of our servicemen, not just the ones who are fighting to keep us safe today, but the heroes of WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Korea, The Revolutionary War and even the Civil War. All of these brave soldiers fought under one form of our nation’s
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