A homage to the flag

I want to reprint this homage to the American flag from the Boy Scouts of America pamphlet, “Your Flag.”

“A flag is much more than just a “light cloth floating in the wind.” A flag is an honored symbol of a nation’s unity, its hopes, achievements, glory and high resolve.

“The flat of the United States of America is such a symbol ... of freedoms bravely fought for and hardily won ... of protection under the constitution of the rights and privileges of all Americans ... of promises of fulfillment of all their hopes and principles and ideas. It is also a symbol of the duty of all its citizens to serve in time of need, to speak out for what each considers right, and to help correct under the law that which is honestly believed to be wrong.

“Throughout the ages man has developed character, courage and strength by devotion to the symbols he believed in. That is the heritage left to us.”

Bill Hanley

Baker City

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