American Flag

The flag makes a nice picture with all the colors against a blue background, but I can't look at it without thinking how the symbol of the flag has changed meaning for me through the years.

When I was in highschool I was Mr. Patriotic, then I joined the service and went to war. I have seen it flying high above the ships I was with. I saw it draped over coffins as the bodies were sent home. It was handed to me in a pretty box at my fathers funeral.

Now my son has joined the service and is a pilot. It's on his sleeve of his arm and is very pretty.

I love my country and always will, but as I get older when I look at the flag I can't help but have a great deal of sadness along with the respect. A lot of men and women have lost there lives over that symbol. War sucks no matter what country you're from, and sometimes a flag is more than a pretty picture.

Dave

Photo credits: Dave Willman.

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Lavanya

I agree- war has never been a solution- especially in modern times.

A lot of precious lives lost- for petty gains. Or, maybe for nothing.
People all over the world who were and are at war, sacrifice a lot.
Kind of sad, actually.

Cmarshall717

Thank you, Dave, for your service to our country - then, and now with your son. I'm greatful that there are patriots willing to serve in the name of Duty, Honor and County. God bless you and your family!

Astargirl

Very true words. I think everyone should feel that sadness as well as pride and respect when they see such symbols of freedom, whether it's the U.S. flag or something else that reminds them of the sacrifices and struggles of people throughout history.

Kenneystudios

I am without words. Your post and the image speak for themselves.

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