Flag Day, which is observed today, is an important day. It is a day when we need to appreciate the great things our flag stands for -- the freedoms we enjoy; our right to vote for our leaders; the privilege to start our own business; and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
When I look at our flag, I think of where we came from and how far we have gone. Our flag is full of meaning. It tells us we have been successful in safeguarding the rights and freedoms our country was founded on.
We have successfully defended our country against foreign aggressors, tyrants, powers that would enslave and dominate our people. We have successfully defended our country from internal treason.
Our older generations defended our land, homes and everything we have when they met and defeated our enemies in two world wars. These gallant actions by the men and women of our armed forces ensured the future of our nation by making great sacrifices in battle on foreign soil.
Our flag of stars and stripes is our symbol telling the world who we are and that we have defended for more than 200 years what we stand for. We have assisted other countries of the United Nations in repelling guerrilla groups and other threats to their government.
Through our concern for the democratic form of government, we have given opportunities to 90 percent of the world's countries to enjoy a form of democratic government.
Our national flag represents the most successful and largest democratic government in the world by a people who have defended what we know is right and offer to the oppressed an opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Being an American is a special privilege, so when you see our national flag leading a parade or being posted to add dignity and honor to a public ceremony, don't forget to pay our flag the respect it has earned representing "one nation under God with liberty and justice for all."
God bless America.
Herb Stettler is the service officer and chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 in Soldotna.
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