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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
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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To: SpinnerWebb
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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To: Buckeye McFrog
The day Obama was elected for a second term, I took down Old Glory and replaced it with the "Come And Take It" flag which will remain flying until his last day in office. If Hillary is elected as the next president, it'll continue to fly while our nation's flag remains in the drawer.

I don't recognize the America I grew up in and love anymore.

21 posted on 06/14/2013 9:35:18 AM PDT by Texan
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To: EXCH54FE

Does the day end with a Y? Then I’m flying my flag. Sometimes it’s red, white and blue, sometimes it’s yellow with a snake on it.


22 posted on 06/14/2013 9:36:27 AM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-NOT IN MY TROOP)
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To: ScottinVA

I’m with you.


23 posted on 06/14/2013 9:37:10 AM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: EXCH54FE

I use Facebook to keep in contact with family. My profile pic carries the flag today. I cannot put one up in this apartment complex.


24 posted on 06/14/2013 9:40:30 AM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Every day 24/7 and yes it is lighted.


25 posted on 06/14/2013 9:40:31 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: EXCH54FE

A flag has been flying by the front door since the Iranian hostage crisis. It has been replaced with a new one many times. It flies with more meaning these days, tho.


26 posted on 06/14/2013 9:42:40 AM PDT by Exit148
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To: EXCH54FE

I’m flying two flags on my dock—the American Flag on top and the Fort Moultrie Flag right underneath—and I do so every day.

Lot’s of folks stop and ask about the latter. After I explain the significance of it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moultrie_Flag), they ask where they can get one: www.ultimateflags.com.


27 posted on 06/14/2013 9:43:16 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: EXCH54FE
Yes! She's a grand old flag...

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.

You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.

But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

28 posted on 06/14/2013 9:44:38 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: SpinnerWebb

And nice to see so much support for the scouts.


That’s right. The Boy Scouts have been put in a difficult spot.

It is the Scout leadership that needs reprimanding. The Scouts deserve support for being subjected to this.


29 posted on 06/14/2013 9:48:36 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Texan
The day Obama was elected for a second term, I took down Old Glory and replaced it with the "Come And Take It" flag which will remain flying until his last day in office

The minute the election was called for Obama on Nov. 6, I went outside and pulled down my U.S. flag and replaced it with an Irish flag, which has been aloft ever since.

30 posted on 06/14/2013 9:48:38 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: EXCH54FE
I'm flying my American flag, along with my Gadsden flag, my Confederate battle flag, and my US Army flag. Yeah, I get a lot of "those" looks.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

31 posted on 06/14/2013 9:49:18 AM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTUQ8yOI2c)
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To: Jane Long

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

32 posted on 06/14/2013 9:49:53 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Yep


33 posted on 06/14/2013 9:50:56 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: wku man

I fly the POW flag under Old Glory.


34 posted on 06/14/2013 9:50:58 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Yep.


35 posted on 06/14/2013 10:06:03 AM PDT by ne1410s (Proverbs 17:7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool - how much worse lying lips to a ruler!)
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To: EXCH54FE

My flag flies every day apart from inclement weather. My prayer of thanks to those paid the last full measure is every day, regardless of weather (meteorological or political).


36 posted on 06/14/2013 10:13:08 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Yes... I fly my flag...two spotlights...24\7 unless weather dictates otherwise.

However:

I am still waiting on my tax return...
because the EPA said the flag was polluting the sky’s natural color scheme...
who in turn contacted NASA who said the flag was a distraction for the airport that was close by...
who in turn contacted the FAA because I was causing undue dangers to approaching aircraft...
who in turn contacted the DHS because it could be part of a terrorist plot...
who in turn contacted the NSA who intercepted my FReeps and determined I was too conservative and not in line with Obama’s goals...
who in turn contacted the IRS who has an APB out on any conservatives and is determined to give them the run-around and an overall hard time about being an American citizen.

Funny thing is, for some reason the illegal alien living across town is flying the Mexican flag, and talking on his free Obama phone, while driving in his BMW that was bought with the tax return he was given as a tax credit for taxes he didn’t pay, heading to the store to buy whatever with his food stamps.


37 posted on 06/14/2013 10:29:03 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: EXCH54FE

I have Flag Day on my phone calendar.
I fly the flag every day but today I added my Betsy Ross Flag (13 stars for Rio Linda FReepers)


38 posted on 06/14/2013 10:35:36 AM PDT by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: EXCH54FE

Yes!


39 posted on 06/14/2013 10:51:05 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

www.vfwstore.org


40 posted on 06/14/2013 10:53:02 AM PDT by toolman1401
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To: EXCH54FE
Haven't flown the flag since the reelection of Obama.
41 posted on 06/14/2013 10:54:15 AM PDT by Average Al ( Our founder fathers never knew we could fail due to a Techtatorship.)
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To: ScottinVA

I’m pretty much with you. I’m not flying it. I have a great big one - the one my mom got from the military when my father died that I’d love to be able to fly. But I will not debase it by flying it in a country overrun by illegals, outnumbered by sloths, and governed by tyrants.


42 posted on 06/14/2013 10:56:57 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Uncle Miltie

www.anyflag.com

Owner, Bridget my baby sitter 1966 in Calif.


43 posted on 06/14/2013 10:57:41 AM PDT by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: toolman1401

VFW!!!!

Thanks!


44 posted on 06/14/2013 11:00:21 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If you’re happy and you know it clank your chains!)
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To: EXCH54FE
Flying two ...
45 posted on 06/14/2013 11:01:16 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: EXCH54FE

My flag flies 24/7 (yes, it is well illuminated). Just below it I fly the Gadsden flag — has been there since the pResident was first elected — tattered and worn it is — just like our country.


46 posted on 06/14/2013 11:24:52 AM PDT by JABit (Another retired vet.)
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To: EXCH54FE

I often used to but stopped because it is difficult to be proud of what my country has mutated into. Flying the flag seems like tacit approval of it.


47 posted on 06/14/2013 11:35:04 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: EXCH54FE
Are you flying your flag today?

Yeppers! Every day, weather permitting.

48 posted on 06/14/2013 12:55:40 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: EXCH54FE

I have not flown my flag since 0bama won his first election . My flag does not recognize his regime as legit . He hates the Flag and the Constitution equally . I will not expose it to his corruption as the Flag does not represent his form of a tyrannical government .

,,,,, the black flag representing no quarter given is more appropriate to be flown during his admin. term .


49 posted on 06/14/2013 1:15:35 PM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism & Communism are the equal distribution of misery :-)
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