12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord;
and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”
Psalms 33:12

“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.”

From time to time a disgruntled person, in the name of free speech, or in the name of art, will desecrate the American flag, and many of us are outraged. We protest any act of disrespect because beyond the literal, physical elements which make up the flag, it represents something more. The flag represents something spiritual, something intangible, but very real. The flag represents the soul and essence of a nation.

“Here is to the RED of it;
There’s not a thread of it,
No, nor a shred of it,
In all the spread of it
From foot to head,
But heroes bled for it,
Faced steel and lead for it,
Precious blood was shed for it,
Bathing it RED.

Here’s to the WHITE of it,
Thrilled by the sight of it,
Who knows the right of it,
But feels the might of it,
Through day and night;
Womanhood’s care for it;
Purity’s prayer for it
Kept it so WHITE.

Here’s to the BLUE of it;
Heavenly view of it,
Star spangled hue of it,
Honesty’s due of it,
Constant and true.
Here’s to the whole of it,
Star, stripes, and pole of it;
Here’s to the soul of it;

People have fought too hard and sacrificed too much to allow the Flag to be desecrated without protest. Patriot’s protest any form of disrespect to Old Glory, not because of the threads, and colors, and materials of the flag, but because of the spiritual value they represent. For now, America is still the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

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