The American Flag is the most widespread symbol Americans have. It took a disaster to make me realize how important it is. I would always wave the flag in a parade or on the Fourth of July, but I never really stopped to think about what I was doing. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 are what changed my view. They caused me to reflect about our country and the value of saying, “I am an American.” After September 11th, there was an explosion of patriotism. Flags were bought and hung everywhere out of pride. The flag represents our country and all of the rights and privileges that we have in the United States, hanging it gave us the strength to move on. People see the flag everyday, yet how many of them actually stop and think
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The American flag, with fifteen stars and stripes, served as our national symbol for twenty-three years. It was at this time that Congress decided the flag would get too large to display if they added a stripe for each new state. So on April 4, 1818, Congress approved the Flag of the United States to be “thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be twenty stars, white in a blue field.” In addition, one star is to be added for each state admitted to the United States on the next Fourth of July (Krythe 5). The last star was put on the flag when Hawaii was admitted in 1960 (Krythe 6). The flag now consists of fifty stars and thirteen stripes. This one symbol, the American flag, unites all the states and citizens of the United States from all walks of life.
President Woodrow Wilson said, “This flag, which we honor and under we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no character other than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choice is ours…” (Armbruster 54). Are we going to show our children that we respect the flag and the ideals behind it, or are we going to pass on the frustrations of trying to protect it? If we teach the next generation to respect the flag at all times, there would be no need to pass a flag desecration amendment. Let us not try and find the easiest way