This original story was published in March of 2015:
A few days ago this picture was published and has since gone viral. The reason is the controversy concerning the subject matter.
The photo in question was taken by a woman who is herself a veteran. This photo is of a U.S. Serviceman cradling his baby in the Flag of the U.S. Some say it is a disgrace and disrespectful of the flag.
Just a piece of cloth?
One comment in particular struck a nerve. That comment was, “We need to stop worshipping a piece of cloth.”
I take exception to that. Great exception.
This so called “piece of cloth” has been the standard with which this country fought for and won her independence. It has flown in every skirmish, battle, and war. It is a rallying point for the men and women fight for their country. As long as they see the Flag still flying, they know the battle is their’s to win. This Flag of ours is not “worshipped,” it looked upon as a symbol of this great nation. We pledge Allegiance to it as a symbol of our country. Men and women have fought and died under the shadow of this “piece of cloth.” Some, way too many, have come home with their caskets draped in this “piece of cloth.”
This piece of cloth is the enduring symbol of America. It flies at all of our Embassies and consulates all over the world. It’s presence is both a comfort to those that seek the freedoms of this country and a symbol of the might of this country to our enemies. It is a symbol of Nationalism… of honor, and of sacrifice.
So why are we seeing such a upswing of anti-flag and even deeper, anti-Americanism right here on our soil by our very own citizens?
My Grandfather fought in WW1. My Dad in WWII, my brother and I both served our country proudly. We answered the call of our country. We carried the Flag in our hearts as we served. I have strived to instill this sense of pride and of country in my children and in their children as well…teaching them the meaning of the Flag and all it stands for.
Our nation’s flag
Our nation’s flag is a stirring sight
as it flutters proudly I the breeze
it’s colors of blue, red, and white
means so very much to you and me.
Red stands for courage and hardiness.
The white means innocence and purity.
Blue for justice, perseverance and vigilance
in it’s promise to keep us free.
The banner stands for a bountiful land;
it’s government , people and ideals.
The stripes for the thirteen colonies stand
it’s symbolism is very real
Each state now is represented
By a star of white on blue
President Washington first presented
The AMERICAN FLAG to you.
Many brave men have fought and died
to protect it from dishonor and disgrace
Wives have mourned and mothers have cried
So we could remain…The United States.
The sight of this banner brings feelings of joy,
of courage, pride, and freedom to all.
A symbol of our nation in all it’s glory…
On the moon old glory stands tall
Just a “piece of cloth.”