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Why I Fly the American Flag

Updated on October 24, 2016

America - Love it and Change It?

I fly the American flag. I fly it on the Fourth of July, and on Flag Day - which is also my father's birthday. He always said "they put the flags out for me." I fly it because I love this country.

I love the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. I love the idealism of the founding fathers and think it was miraculous.

We have had one of the few revolutions in the history of the world that has been successful. Most revolutions become as repressive as the forces that preceded them.

But I also want to change this country. People who know me, who know my love for the working person and the feeling that we are being sold down the river by the government and the banks - are sometimes surprised when I say I also am a patriot. I believe that there the United States is still a free country, and we have a pivotal role in the world in remaining that way. I think that there are threats to liberty, and that our threats to our prosperity might destroy us as well.

Who flies the American flag? I believe it is not just a blind patriot, but also those who care enough about a country to warn when it is getting off course.

The truth of the matter is that people who love their country, work to keep it free. The Flag persists through challenges -yet we need to help it.

And the Flag still Remains: American Flag with holes in it - flying STILL in the ruins of a Texas after Hurricane Ike, as it has survived many challenges.

The American Flag by Elaine Landau - True Americana For Children

An excellent history of the American flag, presented in an interesting hunt for the right answer format. This book is a very inexpensive book - less than ten dollars - that gives you a lot of information in a fun way.This is a very complete history - complete with many visual aids such as lively sidebars, a glossary and index.

The American Flag (True Books: American History (Paperback))
The American Flag (True Books: American History (Paperback))

An excellent history of the American flag, presented in an interesting hunt for the right answer format.

 

Strengths of America - As Demonstrated in the Declaration of Independence

The flag in 1776 still showed British influence: the Union Jack was in the canton rather than the stars that came to represent the states. It was called the "Continental Colors."

June 14, 1977 brought us the Flag Resolution: which brought flag we know now in that there were stars in the canton representing the thirteen colonies that became the thirteen states , near a field of red and white stripes. The design of the stars in the Flag was not official: there was a circular design which was reputed to be by Betsy Ross as well as was reputed to have a circular design, as well as another design where the stars were arranged in lines.

Through the years the number of the stripes has stayed steady at 13 - except for one brief period of 15 - perhaps to honor the original thirteen colonies. The stars of course have changed, because new states have been added and a star is added for every star.

The flag has flown in many countries through our wars, and in US Embassies throughout the world today.

In 1969 - astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the Moon. Apollo 11 - the Eagle- had landed and brought with her the symbol of American freedom.


The American Revolution was one of the most successful that the world has experienced, partially because it was based on the precepts stated in the Declaration of Independence. As opposed to other revolutions like the Communist Revolutions of China and Russia, we actually worked towards more human freedom.

  1. " All Men are Created Equal"

    This is the basis of our country, and of all the strengths.

  2. "They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

    We have the rights to make our way through life, to live freely and aim for our happiness.

  3. "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

    That is - Governments are to be helping us, to be supporting our pursuit of happiness.

  4. "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

    We have a right to expect a government that supports our rights, and to abolish it if it not.

  5. " Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."

    Nonetheless, we should be cautious about destroying one form of government so that we do not install one that is more grievous than the one before.

The Stars and Stripes - America's First Flag

The Continental Congress officially approved the on June 14, 1777 - at the Second Continental Congress. The blue canton contained 13 stars, representing the original 13 colonies, but the layout varied. It is thought to have been made out of hemp, a material that was strong enough to fly on ships. It is not totally confirmed that Betsy Ross was responsible. Earlier American flags had the Union Jack on them, this flag had stars and red and white stripes.

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Many wars have been fought in the name of the flag, starting with the American Independence War of course.

I will not make the decision if all the battles were necessary.

But, because war is so expensive, and so increasingly dangerous it becomes more important every day that we find new ways to solve conflicts. And it may be that a true patriot takes on the wars against injustice and poverty instead of other people.

It is important not to be cynical, and to be well informed about our country. Lensmaster PurplePansy has done an excellent job in providing us with good resources for reliable news in a day of hype.

How To Take Care of the American Flag - How to Fly it and Store it Properly

Should Flag Burning Be Legal?

American Flag burning as a protest is one of the most controversial practices that has come around in the last century. Flag burning is done in other countries to protest the US policies - it is also done here at times by protesters.

Should American Flag burning as protest be legal?

Yes, it is an extension of our right to free speech.

Yes, it is an extension of our right to free speech.

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    • TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      Tough because we ought to support what our country is SUPPOSED to be, but we may very much despite what it has become. I'd allow it as a form of protesting an immoral government that violates true principles of freedom.

    • CaztyBon 4 years ago

      it is free speech even if you don't like it. which I don't

    • Paladins 4 years ago

      Actually it already IS legal to burn the American Flag, both as a protest and as the proper method of disposal after the flag has served its purpose of display.

      But I would frown on anyone who chose to use that as their best course of action because the purpose of their protest is usually misunderstood anyway. (In my opinion.)

    • AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Yes, it is my right as an American. Dictatorships and repressive governments don't allow flag burning. This is why I would never burn my beloved flag, unless it were made illegal. I hope I am never tested.

    • HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      Although I would not burn a flag I believe that an American citizen has a right to burn the flag in protest. I often wonder about some of the things our constitution allows us to do and I don't agree with many of them. I do, however, agree with the right to be able to do them.

    • Tonto Murray 5 years ago

      Yes, banning would invalidate everything you talked about in loving the bill of rights.

    • blissentia 5 years ago

      Yes, though I think it is counterproductive in any meaningful protest.

    • esvoytko lm 5 years ago

      This right should absolutely be protected. The flag would be quite a twisted symbol of freedom if we were not free to burn it...

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      The first amendment guarantees us the right to use offensive and disrespectful political speech. This freedom is essential for a free nation. Many people argue that burning a flag is not "speech," but "behavior" and that the government can regulate this behavior. I respectfully disagree. When an American citizen burns an American flag in protest, the intent is usually to make a political statement in a manner that the establishment will find disrespectful and offensive. I would never burn an American flag, but I will defend the right of any American to do so.

    • Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I appreciate everyone who is weighing in on this. I have to agree with Ruthi - that while flag burning is distasteful - it should be protected under the right for free speech. Plus, focusing on symbolic behaviors like this takes us away from real threats to our liberty.

    • Ruthi 5 years ago

      As much as I do not like the venom and vandalism of flag burning as protest, I do believe that as Americans it is still a right to do so. Those who would do so - and I am definitely not one of them - have the right to voice their opinion and dissatisfaction--it is the American way of things. And really, many of our citizens do way worse things against our country than burning the piece of cloth representative of our freedoms.

    No, it is vandalism and inciteful.

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      • Old Navy Guy 4 years ago

        Burning the flag of the country you live and prosper in? Really? If you disagree with the country so much, do not burn the flag. Move somewhere else so you can be happy. Perchance that move causes you to should want to burn THAT nation's flag? I think the consequences are swift and dire for that in another country. Love and respect where you live. That includes the flag.

      • cassieann 5 years ago

        Our flag should never be burned. It is our symbol of what this great country was founded on - freedom. So one might say that they have the "freedom" to burn the flag. So be it. I believe there are other ways to protest without insulting those that fought and died for us. I fly the US flag proudly!

      • OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

        Total lack of disrespect to those that gave their lives defending the flag!

      • Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

        It's like taking God off the money and saying instead, "in man we trust". Makes me feel nauseated to think of a flag being burned.

      • Michey LM 5 years ago

        No, NO, NO it is the symbol of our freedom

      • Kae Yo 5 years ago

        Not at all.

      • Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

        It is unpatriotic for anyone to burn their country's flag. It is a symbol of the sacrifices made by others, is it deserves respect.

      • blessedmomto7 5 years ago

        No, never.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Hope, that should be done.

      • JoseJackson LM 5 years ago

        hi

      • Rymom28 5 years ago

        It is my belief that people who are willing or wanting to burn the flag are showing disrespect for their country and the people who fought to protect our freedoms.

      • Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        No, burning the American Flag should always be illegal.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Flag burning as a protest should not be legal! It is an obscenity to the heart of our people.

      A Bit of History of the Patriotic Holiday

      American Flag Day Celebration
      American Flag Day Celebration

      The birthday of the American flag is celebrated on June 14 - the first "Flag Day" was after a decree by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Flag Day celebrates the adoption of Old Glory by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

      Although this day is not designated as a federal holiday, many municipalities celebrate - largely by parades.

      The United States is not the only country with a flag day; many countries from Albania to Ukraine have a special day to honor their flag.

      My father chose an interesting day to be born!

      Boy Scouts and Veterans retire the American Flag - Worn and torn American Flags Disposed of Properly

      I was surprised to find out that the proper way to dispose of an American Flag is to burn it in a solemn ceremony. Here Boy Scouts and Veterans join together to say good bye to the Flag.

      My knowledge of flag burning involved the protests in the Vietnam War, where it was often done as a sign of disrespect for what was going on in the country.

      Here the context is completely different

      Can Blue and Red Mix? - Will the United States be permanently divided into extreme liberal and extreme conservative factions?

      In the last few elections we have heard about "Blue States" - solidly Democratic and "Red States" - Republican, like there is no way the two can co-exist. Politicians in Congress who have been around are saying that nothing can get done, because no one will compromise, and there is more time spent on name-calling and polarizing activities than statesmanship.

      But the truth is: most Americans are moderate, and even on issues we feel strongly about we can compromise, or sometimes reconsider the issue due to the circumstance. For instance the abortion issue truly leads itself to a need for a situation by situation response, and yet there seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to these issues that does not lead to answers. And we may not fit into boxes well: we may totally feel that gay marriage should be legalized because it is a civil rights issue, and yet be anti-abortion. We may want to punish criminals, and yet believe pot should be legalized.

      Polarized discussions harm the country. I believe we should support our politicians who are brave enough to compromise, to see where red and blue can mix. I recently read that the moderate are the most likely to stay home at voting day - adding to the polarization.

      Threats from Inside

      One of the biggest threats the government has now comes from within. At the time now the government has shut down due to an inability to talk to each other, and they are threatening to not fund the debt ceiling which would cost much more money in the long term.

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      What do You think About Flying the Flag in these Days?

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          TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

          I make sure to at appropriate times of the year.

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          David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

          The meaning has been contaminated by politics. Sadly.

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          Old Navy Guy 4 years ago

          Congratulations on being awarded the Purple Star and for an excellent read. I fly the flag the year round at my home. It is a simple gesture of respect on my part for the country that has given me so much. Oooh Rah

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          CaztyBon 4 years ago

          I love the flag and respect it and the men and women that died protecting my rights. Fly the American flag high and proud. enjoyed your lens

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          Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

          Very interesting topic, very well written, hats off to you.

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          Rose Jones 4 years ago

          @norma-holt: Thanks so much for the boost! An intelligent approach to patriotism means a lot to me.

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          norma-holt 4 years ago

          This is a very powerful lens and emotional when one considers what their countries flag means to people. Its like the National anthem. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs

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          Rose Jones 4 years ago

          @Bebopis: Great! I love those Flag Day babies.

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          Bebopis 4 years ago

          My birthday is also on flag day and I do a lot of prints with the flag...nice site:)

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          WriterJanis2 4 years ago

          This is such a wonderful patriotic lens. Blessed!

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          AstroGremlin 4 years ago

          I fly my flag on every one of these holidays. When I look down a street and see a row of flags sometimes my heart leaps into my throat and I am overcome with gratitude to live is this land of freedom. In Scouts we learned flag protocol and not everyone knows not to fly a flag in the dark, for example. They are doing the best they can. I know people from other countries love their flags. But this one is mine. Long may it wave.

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          Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

          I like to see the American flag flying

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          @Monica Ranstrom: What a beautiful image. I wonder if you can see the glacier in the background.

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          Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

          Beautiful lens. My dad flies the flag everyday! Puts it up in the morning and takes it down at night.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          This is an outstanding lens. I like that it is thought provoking and intelligent.

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          HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

          This lens is about the best I've seen on Squidoo, Rose.

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          Tonto Murray 5 years ago

          I don't love everything about this country, but I definitely love most of it. Great lens. Blessings.

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          TamarWrites 5 years ago

          We have miniature flags surrounding the bedding of our front lawn. We fly them proudly every day.

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          BusyQueen 5 years ago

          I love our American Flag and proud to fly it high! Thanks for a good job!

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          Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

          Flag display is / should be promoted! Thanks for sharing this great info! Thumbs up!

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          Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

          My husband and I are very patriotic and fly the flag every chance we get. This is a great country for all of our faults!

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          Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          I think it is fantastic. When I move, I am getting a flagpole. Nicely done lens and by the rank, I see that others feel the same way! Blessed!

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          JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          I'm proud to be able to freely fly the American flag!

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          sellyourlaptops 5 years ago

          Great Lens

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          Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

          I think everyone who is an American should fly a Flag to help show their Patriotism, Pride, Unity and a way of saying "Thank You" to everyone who lost their lives fighting to save our way of choices and liberty today. (Even though i disagree with some of the choices people make).

          I am a Nam Vet and when I see someone flying a flag I get chills because i know it is their way of showing their appreciation for all and their Patriotism.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Rose, I hope you are having a great Fourth!

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          Michey LM 5 years ago

          Happy 4th of July. Blessings

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          Ruthi 5 years ago

          Proud to be an American and proud to fly our flag. Happy 4th!

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          Jennifer_Glennon 5 years ago

          I fly a small American flag because I live in an apartment. Always!

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          goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

          Our house always has a flag flying from the porch! Nice lens!

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          Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

          Always proud to be an American citizen and hang the American flag. Blessings**

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          Millionairemomma 5 years ago

          It's awesome! It's patriotic. It's wonderful. I'm totally supportive of it.

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          blessedmomto7 5 years ago

          We fly the flag here every day too. Thanks for this lens!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @Gypzeerose: Happy belated birthday, Rose.

          Happy 4th of July! :)

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          Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

          I fly the US flag every day, and am quite a proud American! Like Rymom below, I think patriotism is lacking in the younger generations. It's articles like these that remind all what our flag - and country - stand for. Nice article!

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          Rymom28 5 years ago

          Great lens, especially for young people, as I feel patriotism is starting to become lost as the generations pass.

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          ArthurF LM 5 years ago

          You sir are a true Patriot and its people like you that inspired me to join the Military when I was younger.

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          fullofshoes 5 years ago

          I love seeing the American flag displayed everywhere on commemorative holidays. It's cheery and a reminder of how things as supposed to be.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Congrats on being on the front page of Squidoo. I highly respect our flag and am proud to fly it.

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          leonasharon 5 years ago

          It is indeed patriotic,

          But I hope the politicians become a little patriotic.

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Thanks so much! Also this is my birthday, and being on the front page is a nice present from the Squid.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Just had to run back over to congratulate you on front page honors on this very personal patriotic tribute!

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          Ninche 5 years ago

          This is interesting lens for me, because I'm from Europe and have never been to America...I know how important 4th of July but it is nice to hear personal note on that.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great tribute to the heart of our nation: the Flag.

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          @squidoogiftsfor: That is amazing - I am very surprised by the cultural difference.

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          WriterDave 5 years ago

          Great lens!

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          vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

          I think it's a great idea to fly the flag! I also think this is a beautiful lens and must read for 4th of July.

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          randomthings lm 5 years ago

          This is great!

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          Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I think it is a good idea. Most of the time, we can only achieve the best compromise that's possible at a particular moment until we revisit the issue again. Let the red and blue co-exist. Always for a better world.

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          Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

          This a super lens for 4th of July and speaks patriotism. I like what you say about red and blue co-existing.

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          squidoogiftsfor 5 years ago

          I envy you patrotic folk in the USA, we are restricted by planning laws to fly flags in the UK ...even the union jack!

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          CapnFatz 5 years ago

          Well done. I suspect that you and I would differ on some the issues facing us. However you wonderfully show how those of different stripes can share the same fundamental core beliefs. Therein lies the answer to the question about whether red can mix with blue.

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          @DIY Mary: Wow! I am so touched that others are inspired by this page. My father -to whom this page is dedicated - would be proud.

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          DIY Mary 5 years ago

          This beautiful page is a wonderful tribute to our country and I'd love to see it as this year's 4th of July LOTD (I'm going to go cast my vote right now!).

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          Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

          I'm proud to be an American and love to see the flag flown and taken care of.

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          reasonablerobby 5 years ago

          I think patriotism is a noble principle. Its only when patriotic feelings descend into Jingoism and worse still nationalism and racism that it becomes a problem. Flying the flag for the Great Britain (the Union Flag), England (The cross of St George) and Nottingham means I get three bites of the cherry too :)

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          Celticep 5 years ago

          I am also voting for this lens as my 4th July LOTD nomination. So much interesting information about flying the flag and loved your personal perspective. Thank you!

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          @xriotdotbiz lm: Thanks so much, you are inspiring me to add content so that the lens is worthy of that vote!

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          Tony New 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

          Truthfully, I have mixed feelings. I love my country but as a gay man I am reminded that for GLBT citizenx "We the People..." does not mean "All the people..."

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          xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

          This is my Fourth of July LOTD vote!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Sprinkling a little more star spangled angel dust here and I hear you and agree! We are being sold down the river by the government and banks and need a life raft...maybe in a nice purple as red and blue can be very pretty when mixed in moderation. I love seeing the flag on display...maybe that's why I like Perkins, the bigger the better but a small flag makes a big statement!

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          The Gutter Monkey 5 years ago

          I'm hardly the most patriotic American around, but it's certainly good for us to come together to show support in our country no matter what. Even if that support is mostly based in our faith that even if things aren't as good as they could be, they may shine brighter tomorrow.

          P.S.

          Also, everyone should check out that book you've mentioned, A People's History of the United States. I read it a few years ago and it's fantastic! Howard Zinn was the boss.

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          Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          My mom always flew the flag on these holidays. I think it's a great idea.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am proud of our flag and the country for which it stands. Great lens, Rose!

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          sarasentor lm 5 years ago

          Very Helpful and Interesting lens. I appreciate you for making such a splendid lens. It deserve THUMB UP!

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          Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

          I'm proud to fly the American flag, and I love seeing it displayed in my neighborhood.

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          Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

          National Flags should be flown with pride, great lens!