Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day, everyone! Long may she wave.

I've written before about the Wisconsin connection to Bernard Cigrand, the "father" of Flag Day.  The anniversary of the adoption of our flag may seem a bit like a made up holiday, but we should honor it in some fashion. The stars and stripes is the visible embodiment of our people and our culture. For the most part, when foreigners see it, they know for what we stand.

Someone in our condo complex is incredibly patriotic. Back on Memorial Day, they lined the main drive with small flags stuck in the grass median strip.

They are at it again. The fencing on the street side of the lot was decorated with twenty or thirty flags, and the main drive again shows the colors. While you only see two in this picture (snapped from the car, with an impatient neighbor behind me), the flags line the very long median on both sides.

George M. Cohan got it right:

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

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