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Where Have All the Flags Gone?

I am reprising this article that I wrote last Memorial Day.  It holds true every Memorial Day.  I hope you all will take it to heart.

When I was growing up, there was a strong patriotic sentiment, reinforced in our schools and in the public square.  Patriotic holidays were more than just a special sale for the malls, (not sure we had malls then).  Patriotic hymns were sung in church and taught in public schools.  Almost everywhere was the reinforcement of love of God and country.  The two went together.  I believe that most of us grew up in families that flew the flag on special days, especially the ones that honored those that fought and died for our nation, and of course, the birthday of the Declaration of Independence.  We honored America and her people, the surrounding culture supported and reinforced this.  That is what culture and society is supposed to do, reinforce the foundational precepts upon which a nation exists.  We celebrated America.  Isn’t that a beautiful thought, to honor and express support and affection, for a land that gives us all opportunity?

What happened?

The upheaval of the sixties brought severe societal and cultural changes, not so obvious then, but the gradual long term effect of those times have finally borne fruit. Unfortunately, some of this is rotten fruit. The  secular socialists in society have taken hold of our core societal institutions -academia, government, and even our churches.  In 1962, they managed to remove God from public schools, laying the groundwork for really taking God out of the public square.  There has always been an entwined relationship between the founding principles of this nation and a belief in our Creator.  The Founding Fathers wove it throughout their documents, and anyone who reads their works can see the connection and the threads of the fabric they laid out for us, to take us through the ages.

What has the secular Left  brought us?  As they seek to take God out of the public square, with diligent relentless efforts, they have also been marginalizing patriotism and love of America.  The schools don’t teach the patriotic songs like they used to, the churches don’t even sing them, though they remain in the hymnals.  Yes, I know some of this is anecdotal, but there have been enough news stories that support what we see locally in our own school systems and churches.  Kids are sent home for wearing a t-shirt with an American flag on it, and the assistant principle says he sent them home to avoid inciting violence.  Since when does the display of our nation’s colors get pushed to the corner or under the desk?  Since a Leftist administration is in control and those that have been working toward our nation’s demise came into power.  There is an unrestrained assault on traditional America.  We read about it everywhere.  Traditional Americans are marginalized, disparaged and treated as if they are the perpetrators of some horrible crime.  Arizona has been excoriated since passing a law that is a duplicate of Federal Law, and simply says they are going to begin to enforce the law.

Where have all the flags gone?

The American flag is strictly a symbol, an emblem that represents a nation founded on Judaic-Christian principles, a land of freedom and opportunity.  The American Revolution was fought and blood spilled to bring about her birth.  Wars have been fought to maintain this nation, from within and without.  Countless Americans (and others) have died to keep this land free, and the spirit of American Exceptionalism alive.  I see the flag as representative of her people.  The American people have character, strength, durability and a can do willingness that has yet to be surpassed by other nations.  When catastrophe strikes, it is the United States that responds, our military the best in the world, made up of the Americans who get down in the trenches, they bring humanitarian aid, and they also fight tyrannical genocidal enemies, while assisting others to survive and be free.

Flying the flag.

Over the years, we’ve seen a distinct change in the culture and genuine expressions of patriotism and respect for our nation, and the flag.  Once, citizens of both parties lived their patriotism and flew the flag. Yet, today, there is a distinct marginalizing of patriotism – been to some recent sporting event or something similar, and see how many pay no attention to the Pledge of Allegience?  Don’t place their hand over their heart?  Well, as the years have gone by, stop and think about it, the flag isn’t in abundance either.  As the veterans of past wars die off, and society has separated itself from God and Country, there is the sorrowful loss of adhering and honoring that which is symbolic to this great nation.  Yes, we saw a resurgence of patriotism and flag waving after 9/11, but it did not seem to stay with us as it should have.  Each passing year our people are succumbing to the assault from the Left, call it secularism, socialism or Communism – all of it is designed to remove the American people from their heart and character.

But we can have a resurgence.  As we are seeking to take back our country, our government, we can fly Old Glory with love and affection, and yes a hint of defiance, because that is really what keeping that beautiful pennant flying means, it means our nation is still standing and supported by those that love her.  Men and women have died so that “long may she wave,” we’ll not yield the colors now.  Think about that when you go to your closet and dust off that banner, or replace a worn one.  Or consider a family member who might appreciate hosting their first America flag, or an elderly neighbor who you used to see have one out, and may need a new one.

Whenever I put up my flag, (and I certainly did it with a touch of defiance the day after election day 08) I allow the sentimental feelings to flow and make no apologies.  After all, what we are all doing at Unified Patriots is fighting for the right to fly that beautiful symbol that represents freedom, and love of God and country.  We do it for this “Sweet Land of Liberty.”

Lady Penguin
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Thanks for bringing this back, LadyP. It should be an annual affair to remind folks.


My flags keep getting stolen. And this is a decent neighborhood.

We just had a home video surveillance system put in, so now if they are moronic enough to try it again they will be caught on video. In full color.

Also has a flash drive so we can pull out the section and put it on a CD and give to the cops. 😀


A local house seller came by yesterday and put a medium sized flag in front of every house on my block with their message on my garage door that I can keep it or they will pick it back up on Tuesday….nice…its a good advertisement for them but was nice to see none the less 🙂


Thank you once again Penguin. I remember your post of last Memorial Day. Your posts always bring proud patriotic tears to the eyes. Some of my flags hang all year round, just as a reminder to everyone that this is still America, despite the boy president and the ACLU. I’m thinking of the guy who recently was going to burn the American flag on some college campus, but, he got run off by a pack of patriotic students before he could do the dirty deed. That gives one hope for the younger generation, even if just a few at a… Read more »


I had occasion to drive down to South Georgia yesterday, LP, to attend a funeral. State highways – the interstate just doesn’t go to where I was headed. Driving into Hazelhurst, I noted that they had lined the road – on both sides – with US flags. Not just little ones either – big ones, on six or seven-foot poles. There was a stiff breeze, and they were flying proudly. It really was a glorious sight. It gave me hope.


Thank you Lady Penguin this was well timed for this weekend. I used to wonder why the American flag looked better than other countries’ to me. (I’m a little prejudiced) 6 hours of art in college didnt help me figure it out. Finally someone else explained it to me. Old Glory really *is* more visually impressive than many other national flags because the red and white horizontal stripes of the US flag, when caught by the breeze, make the flag look like it is veritably moving, taking off, flying. Where to? The stars against a deep blue heaven. Our flag… Read more »


Now you know, Lady Penguin, why the best things are worth repeating, over, and over, and over again, so I hope you do this annually. Always there will be a new friend you ain’t met yet, best of all, but also new remembrances for old friends. You “prompt” us all. If you do this 20 years more, it will still be the same. That’s why we do what we do, we work the right side of the street, and encourage people over. That’s activism too, and at RedState, I’d say you were the best activist over there. It’s their loss.

Scott MacHardy

I live on a corner of my block, with a big empty area between the house and the corner. Shortly after I moved in I put up a 20 foot flag pole in the center of that space, 3-65W spot lights to light it from all sides, and proudly display my large all-weather flag day and night. No matter how often I see the flag I always get a little choked up, knowing what it represents, and what millions have sacrificed from Lexington and Concord to Gettysburg to Normandy to Baghdad and countless other places, all underneath that flag. I… Read more »