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Forever May She Wave

The American flag stands tall here. United we stand!

"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."

For many years, the U.S. flag, being only displayed in government buildings and at sporting events, has recently found its way back into fashion in our homes, offices, cars and businesses since September 11, 2001. Interestingly the U.S. flag is not merely a representation of America, but it is, as it has always been, the focal point for patriotic expression. For it is with the U.S. Flag that we wave, our America, and all that America means to each!

What may come as a surprise to our younger generations is that American patriotism is not new. Indeed our country's patriotism was born long ago during its early beginnings. Founded on Christian beliefs America has always been a nation that has been committed to the encouragement of people, the promotion of excellence, and our attention towards God. America is the summation of a society that believes in the good of its people and in the hope of a better future. We the people of these United States hold this truth to be self-evident and as such display in one accord, our unified hope for a better tomorrow, with the waving of the U.S. flag. believes that American patriotism is indeed unique and encompasses America's innate desire to trust and hope in God, to live freely, and to pursue happiness.

To trust in God...this critical element of American patriotism is the foundation on which the United States rests. History is clear that a nation that trusts in God succeeds. Why? Because God loves! In our patriotic songs we sing "God Bless America" and "America The Beautiful," which proclaims, "God shed His grace on thee." It is on the hands of every American national and foreign in the form of currency: "In God We Trust". At the beginning of every session of the U.S. Congress our elected representatives pray to God. And since 1790 the U.S. Supreme Court has proclaimed with great respect, "God save the United States and this Honorable Court!" at the start of each session. I like the words from a popular songwriter, Gloria Gaither, in her song "I Pledge My Allegiance":

"I pledge my allegiance to the grand old flag
And the promise of hope from sea to sea
Under God one nation,
Undivided we will stand
Lift the banner of liberty!"

These are just a few examples, but many more exist. Indeed all one needs to do is look across our great land and see the steeples of church building after church building that not only point to Him today but also proclaim His existence and His love for all.

Freedom to live independently from a corrupt political system is also not a unique concept to our American experiment. What is unique, in our freedom experiment, however that it is working! Albeit, we are not free from mistakes and moments of trouble, still though, for a citizenry to live freely with the choice and the empowerment to excel in life, American freedom is looked upon with admiration and respect from around the world.

Pursuing true happiness is the ultimate desire of Americans and it is through this pursuit that Americans through ingenuity and determination create the opportunity for future generations to succeed. Rooted in God's love and love of country, Americans, resolutely strive to build, for a future generation, blessings of a country founded in the roots of Family, Biblical Values, Freedom, and Love.

Every American fundamentally understands these elements of American patriotism, though they are not necessarily practiced regularly. But what does need to be practiced as well as understood is that patriotism is more than a national duty but a citizenry responsibility. Patriotism means personal sacrifice backed by real substance and not just pomp and circumstance. American patriotism recognizes that every American matters and that every American affects every other American, which is why our society holds to the truth of loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Unity though collectively represented in a flag can only be realized if there is a greater individual respect for the grander American community. An American community that is more then individual districts, cities, and states, and where at our country's core exists the providential command to love one another. As ordinary American heroes live by this selfless command our nation shall indeed become more than individuals but a united citizenry carrying out extraordinary responsibilities.

Patriotism beginning with one does affect all given enough courage. So when we cry God Bless America and wave our American flag in unity we will realize our greater American community. For we are indeed more then individual districts, cities, and states! We are the United States of America!

God Bless you and God Bless America

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