"Celebrating Flag Day takes on additional importance this year as we are at war. The hearts of all Americans are full when we read of the tragic deaths of our brave American men and women in the Armed Forces, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending freedom and democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan. Flying our flag every day is one simple sign of respect to show our support for our brave defenders of freedom.
Another important way to celebrate is to participate in the annual "Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance." Sponsored by the National Flag Day Foundation, all Americans are encouraged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Flag Day." (source)
"As a symbol of our patriotism, the American flag continues to invoke pride and resolve among our people, especially when we see it next to a headstone, on the masts of our military ships, worn by the generations of Americans who have proudly served our country, or emerging from the wreckage caused by a natural or manmade disaster. Flying over public buildings, monuments, schools, and homes, our flag is testament to the ideals of American democracy.
Through the years, millions of immigrants have come to our shores seeking to share in the promise of freedom represented by our flag. From war-torn Europe, to the mountains of Afghanistan, to the deserts of Iraq, the flag and those who carry it are universally recognized as harbingers of liberation, justice, and peace. Regardless of circumstance, our flag endures as a sign of hope.
On Flag Day, we look to the red, white, and blue as a symbol of our commitment to advancing the universal hope of liberty and justice for all. Old Glory abounds in the landscape of our daily lives, reminding us of the freedom we share. The 50 stars and 13 stripes are not just a random pattern, they symbolize the blessings of liberty we enjoy as Americans..." Presidential Proclamation, June 6, 2003 (source)
Patriot, nationalist, jingoist...label it whatever you will, but I love our flag...THE flag...and it always fills me with me pride.
Happy 235th Birthday to the United States Army!