Letter: What does the American flag mean to you?
It has become common for some people to disrespect the flag, burn it, stomp on and disgrace it in any way possible, to use it as an excuse to commit violent acts. A former leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Utah said it was a symbol of racism and hate.
On this 11th day of September I have been watching ceremonies and commentary marking the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. In all, the flag has been prominently displayed as a reminder of the strength and resolve of this country to defend its citizens and provide a safe and secure future for us. We proudly display a flag in our yard that was flown in honor of James Giberson, a brave New York City Firefighter who died inside the second tower when it collapsed. He left behind a wife and 3 daughters who were competitive swimmers. He devoted his spare time to them and their pursuit of excellence. This flag is a solemn tribute to his patriotism and ultimate sacrifice for others.
In a local auto dealership which is known for its patriotism, support of the military and community, there is a flag on display that was flown in Iraq during the global war on terrorism. It is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity which declares, “As the flag was flown, it symbolized the sovereign power of the United States of America and the unshakeable resolve to keep our country safe.”
This is what the American Flag means to me.