The stars and stripes have always stood for so much to so many people.
To some, they are a reminder of the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
For others, they are a battle flag, a representation of why they volunteered to serve in the military…the reason that they fought.
For some, it reminds them that they live in a nation of freedom from persecution and terror.
For others, it serves as a brutal reminder that the established order of government operates and exists on a plane much larger than any one citizen might hope to ever influence or change.
And still, others see the Red, White, and Blue banner as a representation of everything that is wrong with American society today; citing big brother, government conspiracies, the eye in the sky, racism, classism, hatred, etc. that continue to divide these “United States” of America.
Regardless of what comes to mind when you see the American flag, there is no doubt that it represents much more than simply an assembly of people from 50 states living together on one land mass. It represents a collection of ideas, dreams, wishes, and hopes of millions of individuals who are United in their attempt to live out their own understanding of what freedom, liberty, and Justice for all means to them.
Shalom, Y’all –