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American Flag, The greatest work of art.

Updated on September 9, 2015

Many people have been profoundly affected by great works of art.

While there are so many great works of art I was most affected by the American flag.

Why you ask.

Throughout American history the flag has always stood for our country, the people, our freedoms, and to show what we as a nation are willing to do to stand for it in return for its reminder that we are a great nation and we should be proud of it. It has witnessed all our battles and victories; our blood, sweat and tears we have poured into our country to call it the greatest place to live.

Our country stood by the flag even in the beginning when we were just being discovered as a country, after all the changes were made. Starting as early as 1777 when the new flag was hoisted by the Continental Army. It was officially flown for the first time in battle in August of 1777. From that point our country stood by the flag with pride. From the broke and homeless all the way to the White House the flag has been with the people. Flying high giving us a sense of purpose, honor and duty.

The people began to stand with the flag for it brought hope to a new and growing nation. Over the next hundred years it would fly high and proud over our schools, homes, and jobs. Our children would be taught a pledge; a promise really, to give the flag every morning before class to honor and respect what the flag means to our great nation. Wives wave it proudly for their sons and husbands that have left home to join the military so they can protect our freedoms, homes and families. Our soldiers wear it with pride on their uniforms and look to it for encouragement and direction when they feel as if they have lost their way and are reminded what they are fighting for.

The flag stands to this day to remind us of our Freedoms that so many of us take for granted and many more of us abuse and disrespect. Our freedoms are far from free. Freedom of speech, religion, and right to bear arms are some of the most important to many. However those freedoms are abused in such a way that they are no longer a freedom. They are used to scare the people, threaten lively hoods, and change our ways of beliefs. But the flag still stands, flying high and giving hope to the American people that one day we will be a great and proud nation once again.

What makes me believe that?

Because since 1776 men and women have fought and died for the freedoms that we love so much. Our military leave home to protect our homes and families. They leave home knowing there is a chance they may not come back home to their own family. But they proudly serve our country and stand by our nation’s flag with pride and respect; so much so they would crawl through hell to protect it from our enemies. The flag is given to the families to the fallen soldiers and police officers to show that their service of protecting our nation and homes were honored and their sacrifice was not in vein.

In conclusion the greatest work of art in my opinion is the American flag. Not only has it affected myself but it has also affected every life in our nation in one way or another. It’s always in our lives giving us hope that tomorrow may turn out to be better than today. You just have to look up and watch it wave in the breeze; care free, without a single worry. It tells us everything will work out and maybe not today or even tomorrow, but someday there will be peace in our nation once again. Simply for the fact that history always repeats itself and our flag has been witness to it all. How does this not affect you? No matter good, bad, or indifferent the flag will continue to affect lives because it doesn’t see skin color, religion, young or old, rich or poor, straight or gay. It only sees the people and the respect they hold for their country, freedom and place to call home.

This is the promise the American flag has made to us.

Now here is my Promise to the American Flag.

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag

of the United States of America

and to the Republic

for which it stands,

one Nation under God,

Indivisible,

with liberty and justice for all.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      I still get excited and emotional when I see Old Glory hanging in honor of our country. I agree with you, it is a symbol of hope for tomorrow. God bless America!

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