Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What does the flag mean to you?

The American flag, although long a symbol, gains new meaning with each generation, from those who serve in the armed forces to ordinary citizens who in their ordinary lives try to make lives better for themselves and neighbors, not by cheating or stock fraud for riches but by improving the commonweal.

[I know a woman named Ms. Veronica Ortiz-Rivera, who lost her husband, Marine Staff Sergeant Javier Ortiz-Rivera, while he served with my unit in Afghanistan in 2010. Shell casings folded into a four by eight ensign represent his honorable career. For families of the fallen or passed, a folded flag symbolizes the selfless service of their loved ones. To me, the red represents the blood they were willing to shed in its defense.]

[We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.]

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