History Shows When You Desecrate a Flag You Desecrate the Nation it Represents

“A flag our nation needs to lead our valiant soldiers on to high and noble deeds now can you make one for us, to which she made reply, ‘I am not certain if I can; at least I’ll gladly try.'” — General George Washington to Betsy Ross

“Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow — red, yellow, brown, black and white — and we’re all precious in God’s sight.” — Jesse Jackson

“A person gets from a symbol the meaning he puts into it.” — The United States Supreme Court

History has shown that when one desecrates their nation’s flag it inevitably leads to the desecration and eventual destruction of that nation.

For example the German Flag was replaced by Adolph Hitler with the Nazi Flag.

The Russian Flag was replaced by the Bolsheviks, Lenin and Marx with the Communist Flag.

The Chinese Flag was replaced by Mao with the Communist Chinese Flag.

Today we are seeing the American Flag, Old Glory, being desecrated and we do nothing. Our flag is burned and stomped on. Some refuse to honor our flag or kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. Others carry other flags in parades that are an abomination to our flag and nation.

But what is worse is that Old Glory is being replaced with a “gay pride” version in some communities.

We even see members of the U.S. Congress gather on the steps of the U.S. Capitol holding a desecrated flag in full display to all.

Yet we reelect them.

A letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Richard Hurd, dated January 3, 1919 reads, “We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one, soul loyalty, and that loyalty is to the American people.”

President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 wrote, “This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours. It floats in majestic silence above the hosts that execute those choices, whether in peace or in war. And yet, though silent, it speaks to us — speaks to us of the past, or the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it.”

“The Flag” –Author unknown.

Hello. Remember me? Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America.

Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you — because it is about you and me.

I remember some time ago, people would line up on both side of the street to watch the parade, and naturally I was leading every one, proudly waving in the breeze.

When your Daddy saw me coming, he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that his hand was directly over his heart — remember?

And you, I remember, were standing there, straight as a soldier. You didn’t have a hat, but you were giving the right salute. Remember your little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you with her right hand over her heart — remember?

What happened? I’m still the same old flag. Oh, I’ve added a few more stars since you were a boy, and a lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago.

But now, somehow I don’t feel as proud as I used to feel. When I come down the street, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets. You may give me a small glance, and then you look away. I see children running around you shouting; they don’t seem to know who I am.

I saw one man take his hat off, then he looked around, and when he didn’t see anybody else take off his hat, he quickly put his on again.

Is it a sin to be patriotic today? Have you forgotten what I stand for, and where I have been? Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea and Vietnam!

Take a look at the memorial honor rolls, and see the names of those patriotic Americans who gave their lives to keep this republic free. When you salute me, you are actually saluting them!

So when you see me, please stand straight and place your hand over your heart, and I’ll know that you remembered. I’ll salute you by waving back!

Remember it’s our, yours and my, flag. Honor it and honor those who died to protect it.

Desecrate it and you are a traitor to these United States of America.

©2023. Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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