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Are you flying your flag today?
American Thinker ^ | June 14, 2013 | Rick Moran

Posted on 06/14/2013 9:11:08 AM PDT by EXCH54FE

Today, June 14 is flag day. It is a day set aside to honor our national standard and what it represents. The many millions who have fought under the stars and stripes need not be reminded of why it's important to honor the flag. And for the rest of us, there is that longing that the flag fulfills: it allows us to belong to something greater than ourselves.

Back in 2006, I wrote about a color bearer for the Union army during the Civil War, Sgt. Benjamin Crippin, who has been memorialized for his courage on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg:

It was the first day at the Battle of Gettysburg and things were not going well for Abe Lincoln's boys in blue. Robert E. Lee's Johnny Rebs had arrived on the battlefield almost behind General Oliver Otis Howard's 11th Corps which panicked the "Dutchmen" and sent them flying towards the town of Gettysburg.

This left General John Reynold's 1st Corps all alone to face most of the Confederate Army. Surrounded on three sides, the "Black Hats" were taking a terrible beating. In the 143rd Pennsylvania, the color bearer, Sergeant Benjamin Crippin stood in full view of the enemy, waving the flag vigorously, trying to rally the troops to hold their ground and keep fighting.

But the inexorable logic of superior numbers ground down Reynold's men and eventually, they too broke and ran. As they retreated, Sergeant Crippin, still carrying the flag which now featured 23 bullet holes shredding the precious fabric, turned toward the enemy and in an act of defiance memorialized in legend and statue, shook his fist at the oncoming Rebels, daring his foes to take the flag from him.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: flagday; usa
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Please honor the flag by thinking about those who have fought and died for it, as well as what our national symbol represents.
1 posted on 06/14/2013 9:11:08 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

Negative. Inclement weather.


2 posted on 06/14/2013 9:11:55 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: EXCH54FE

Actually, in our neighborhood, the local Boy Scouts have a fundraiser. For a donation of about $50 a year, they will put a flag up in your yard on all the major flag holidays.

It is nice to see the neighborhood lined with flags on the holidays. And nice to see so much support for the scouts.


3 posted on 06/14/2013 9:14:31 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: EXCH54FE

Yes, I am flying my flag. I did give serious thought to flying it upside down, though.


4 posted on 06/14/2013 9:14:49 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: EXCH54FE

I fly my flag every day — lighted — 24/7. I’ve noticed that in the subdivision next door to my 50 year old house, new neighbors have also erected a flag pole; and their banner also flies 24/7. Looks good. Being “up the hill” slightly, my pole is a little taller.


5 posted on 06/14/2013 9:14:55 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: EXCH54FE

I put out my flag today, so the Google cams can drive by and confirm the locations of all the patriots.

HELLO NSA. I’M FLYING THE AMERICAN FLAG.


6 posted on 06/14/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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For a donation of about $50 a year, they will put a flag up in your yard on all the major flag holidays.

Here too.

7 posted on 06/14/2013 9:17:06 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: EXCH54FE

I honor those who died for it, but I’m not flying it.


8 posted on 06/14/2013 9:17:29 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: SpinnerWebb
And nice to see so much support for the scouts.

Think I would void that contract about now.

9 posted on 06/14/2013 9:17:58 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: SpinnerWebb

Supporting the gay-scouts?

Nice.


10 posted on 06/14/2013 9:18:05 AM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: EXCH54FE

Bing is, G**gle is not.


11 posted on 06/14/2013 9:18:28 AM PDT by OSHA (One despises and wants to destroy the United States, the other is a dead terrorist.)
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To: EXCH54FE

I see that once again GOOGLE has ignored Flag Day.


12 posted on 06/14/2013 9:19:36 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Free Stuff, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: EXCH54FE

Thanks for the reminder. I too have considered flying it upside down.

However I remember something I read once about a ships at war. Allegedly, the flag is flown from the highest spar as a signal to all other ships to steer clear unless you want to engage.

My flag is flown quite high today!


13 posted on 06/14/2013 9:20:04 AM PDT by llevrok (Joe Biden is the Fredo Corleone of the Obama crime family.)
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To: MasterGunner01

We are afraid if we fly it they will come and take us to a FEMA camp. :-0


14 posted on 06/14/2013 9:23:00 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Iron Munro
BING is my home page. I'm doing everything I can to disengage from google.

And I'm flying my flag today as I do every day, with no help from the BSA.

15 posted on 06/14/2013 9:24:29 AM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: EXCH54FE

flying 20th Maine regimental colors. od course none of my neighbors have a clue. would like to find a 2nd Massachusetts regimental flag.


16 posted on 06/14/2013 9:25:25 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Not yet.

Anyone have a source for a Made In America sewn (not printed) star flag?

High quality only. I hate the printed garbage from China.

:-)

Links to sites for purchase would be appreciated! Thanks....


17 posted on 06/14/2013 9:25:41 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If you’re happy and you know it clank your chains!)
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To: MasterGunner01

There is a house across the street from a local high-school that has been flying an old Soviet flag since the day Obama was first elected.


18 posted on 06/14/2013 9:27:01 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
After B0z0 got hisself elected, I started flying this:


19 posted on 06/14/2013 9:29:55 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We fly the flag every day. If we ever move, I want to get a tall, lighted flag pole.


20 posted on 06/14/2013 9:32:40 AM PDT by NEMDF
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