On our last trip up North, I noticed that we were the only travelers flying the American flag in our campground loop. I was surprised, since we typically find a few that have a flag at their campsite and I enjoy seeing the flags during my morning walks. I got to thinking… why do we fly our flag at our campsite?
To us is it the symbol of freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom from oppression…..a symbol of our individual right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You can call her Old Glory, Stars and Stripes, the Red, White & Blue or our Star Spangled Banner. To us, she is the perpetual symbol of what is means to be an American.
When we fly the flag we remind ourselves that we can disagree with each other, we can speak our minds, have our own views, and practice our religions or not. We have the right to dream big dreams, to seek an education, and to make a living. The American Dream is why people keep coming to the US. Our flag is the glorious beacon of a better promise..
For us, this is what it means when we fly the flag at home and while on the road. We remind ourselves of how blessed we are to be a part of this great nation and for all that we have worked hard to achieve that we could not have had in some other country. We remember what it means to be an American and what binds us together.
Long may she wave….