It’s that time of year again when flags will be raised everywhere as we mark another Memorial Day.
It is so heart warming to see so many citizens flying the American Flag. To memorialize those who have gone before us to serve and die for this country is necessary to a country that is founded on nothing more than a spirit of patriotism.
Some are simple, some are extravagant, yet all flag displays seem to represent different degrees of patriotism.
But is it enough to fly a flag or have a bbq? What about furniture sales and car sales? Do flea markets and camping trips adequately bring about a feeling of patriotism to those who attend – or has Memorial Day just become an excuse for an extra day off? Are they a fitting tribute to our brothers and sisters, mother and fathers, who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may have the freedom to enjoy our recreation?
You can fly the largest flag in the neighborhood, but that doesn’t make you a patriot – anymore than standing in your garage and saying you are a car makes you a car.
If you fly a flag on Memorial Day, yet spend your time running down your neighbors and your country, what does that flag really mean to you – more over – what does it mean to those for whom our flags fly?
You may have more knowledge of how an american flag should be properly displayed than anyone in your town – but while you recite the “rules” of how to hang a flag – do you miss the point of the real reason for the existence of our flag?
Did all those men and women who have died for our country die for just a flag? I’m willing to bet that if we could ask them, we’d be surprised – especially those who are proudest of their extra large flag displays.
I wonder – if there were no one to see those great big flags and displays of mulitple flags would the owners display them anyway?
I believe men and women that have died for their brothers have not just died for a flag. I know our flag elicits an Esprit de corps that wells up inside of us that sometimes can be the difference between surrendering or fighting despite our wounds or threat of losing our lives.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.