2018-06-13 / Editorials

Wave It With Pride

Tomorrow is Flag Day. Each year on June 14, we renew our pledge of loyalty to our country as symbolized by our flag. Our original flag was officially born on June 14, 1777, just shy of one year since we became the United States of America. (Except at that time, of course, there were only 13 stars instead of the 50 we now have.)

We have our ideals to uphold, to reinforce to our children, and ourselves. Show your spirit and support by raising the flag, not for a pat on the head, but for unity, and to encourage others, including the upcoming generations. This is what strong countries do—they have the pride to strive for their values. Even though the state of our country is not perfect, and nothing ever will be—we renew our vows, so to speak, to work toward a country of equal opportunity, representation, prosperity, one that is a good neighbor to the rest of the world, and of course, “freedom and justice for all.” We are deservedly proud of our well-chosen ideals, unlike other places that only care about world dominance. Another point that is seldom made, which we made in a previous editorial, is that we can hardly expect the people of other nations to show respect to our flag if we fail to set an example ourselves.

Patriotism is not the same as blind acquiescence; those who love their country and countrymen want it to be the best it can be, for all its people.

Let us not forget to show our pride in our shared roots, heritage and values as Americans by placing our flags on high in a place of honor, on this day and always.

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