Old Glory

Flags are flying everywhere in preparation for Memorial Day.

New ones,

old ones,

little ones,

absolutely huge ones..

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I still get a chill when I see those stars and stripes, just as I did when I was young.  Growing up overseas meant I didn’t see the American flag often, and when I did she was almost always “on duty..”

atop an embassy

off a warship’s stern

at a checkpoint

or the entrance to a military installation..

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not at the mall

or hardware store

or local car dealership.

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But hey, Old Glory can go from business to casual

from front lines to home front

without wrinkling a stripe

or crinkling a star.

She is fun and freedom

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but she can be fierce.

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She is the visual representation of

our highest ideals

and a reminder of the sacrifices made to preserve them.

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