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Flying the American Flag on Memorial Day

Original post made by R. Donan, Old Palo Alto, on May 31, 2006

In driving through my neighborhood in Palo Alto, I noticed a lack of U.S. flags on residents’ homes. It was Memorial Day, one of the most significant days of the year for Americans to pause and pay homage to the young men and women who’ve gone before us in serving our country. Albeit residents restrained from flying their flags, few of us flew it for our own reasons.

What the flag represents:

It represents justice and liberty for all Americans.

To the military, it represents a vowed duty to protect the people of this land, and to be willing to lay down their lives to serve their country.

For immigrants, the flag represents freedom to practice their religion, freedom to pursue an education and to get ahead in life. It also means liberty and justice.

For so many people living all over the world, it represents a dream of hope that they hold onto in their country, while awaiting to immigrate.

The flag also represents freedom to express oneself; to vote, to protest, and to voice one’s political opinions.

The flag represents the 13 colonies, and the 50 states of the United States of America, and all of its citizens who have immigrated from all over the world.

It represents democracy!

Surely, from this rather short list, each American can relate and connect, in a positive way, to the American flag.

Personally, the flag represents my right to vote. It also reminds me of my brother who serves his country where ever he is deployed in the world. The flag represents my family who’ve immigrated to this country from Europe and Asia. To my grandparents and mother, it represents freedom from Nazi Germany during WWII.

I hope that Americans aren’t connecting the flag to politics or to elected officials, because the flag does not represent politicians, it represents you, me, and every American citizen in this country and what we the people believe in.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 1, 2006 at 12:34 am

I totally agree! I'm out of my house for a renovation project, but if I were home, I'd be flying Old Glory.

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Posted by James Davis
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 2, 2006 at 10:31 am

I believe that many of us here who are very cognizant of what is going on oversees and how the president is handling the war. I believe in supporting our troops, but many of us are embarrased by how much wrong the white house has been involved in.

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Posted by Can Never Come Back Again
a resident of another community
on Nov 30, 2007 at 12:37 pm

Whenever I go back to the old PA neighborhoods, I feel sad for all us who were pushed out by the those who were, and, or pursuing the great American dream. Owning, and selling a home for PROFIT!
I served in the USN after graduating from Paly (1977), and when I returned to PA with a sailors uniform on, I was outcasted by many of home owners who were flying the old glory.
Think again about what the flag stands for!
To me, it stands for those feel comfortable buying multi millon dollar homes, and fly the flag to show that they are free and very rich!
Maybe if the past generation passed the many rent control, and housing control bills back in the 60's and 70's, you would see more of the American flag flying on the front porch!
Wake up everyone. Palo Alto is home of the RICH, not the free!

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