The flag of the United States is displayed in all possible ways on July 4th. Here in the John Day Valley, we are treated to a skyward "fly-by flag" carried by an ultra-light plane over our area, which is always a thrill to view. Of course, there are buildings, homes and streets in the local towns, which are generously decorated with the red, white and blue. There are flag representations in parades, rodeos and community gatherings. Friends and family alike take a day out in celebration and salutation of a defining moment which proclaimed the formation of the United States of America. (Click on photos to enlarge)
|Parade Flag carried by horse & rider|
|Ultra-Light Plane flying American Flag|
“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." This declaration is powerful when one fully realizes the hallowed significance in its verbal portraiture. The following 'History of the Flag' information was obtained at this link:
- The Star symbolized dominion and sovereignty, as well as lofty aspirations. The constellation of the stars within the union, one star for each state, is emblematic of our Federal Constitution, which reserves to the States their individual sovereignty except to as rights delegated by them to the Federal Government.
- The thirteen Stripes represent the original thirteen colonies.
The symbolism of the Flag was thus interpreted by George Washington: "We take the stars from Heaven, the red from our mother country separating it by the white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty."
The flag first rose over thirteen states along the Atlantic seaboard, with a population of some three million people. Today it flies over fifty states, extending across the continent, and over great islands of the two oceans; and two hundred and five million owe it allegiance. It has been brought to this proud position by love and sacrifice. Citizens have advanced it and heroes have died for it. It is the sign made visible of the strong spirit that has brought liberty and prosperity to the people of America. It is the flag of all us alike. Let us accord it honor and loyalty. (Excerpt from History of the Flag)
|Hall of Flags, Chicago O'Hare International Airport|
God is embedded in this flag. He is the integral part of the surrounding whole, which is the definition of embed. The signers of the Declaration of Independence and the framers of the U.S. Constitution are referred to as founding fathers or forefathers. They recognized and acknowledged the Creator's Presence and paid Him homage as the Author of freedom.... "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." Let us always remember to place our Creator where He rightfully belongs, the One from whom freedom flows. If we begin to worship freedom in abandonment of its Author, the opposite effect of eventual decline is a consequence.
You can view at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPWqY1nSkig
I have included Anthony's tribute, since his words say it best.....
"I still believe in American Exceptionalism; that in all of history there has never been a country like the United States. I believe in our founding documents; that the United States Constitution is the single greatest document crafted from the minds of men for the promotion of individual liberty and freedom. Happy Fourth of July to all my friends and fellow countrymen. There is much for which we should celebrate and be grateful." - Anthony Cortese
Until next Monday, have a special week and reflect on the God-given freedoms that you enjoy in these United States of America.