First of all I’d like to take a moment this Memorial Day to pay respects to and thank all of our veterans. Thank you for your service. Some people on social media have taken up desecrating the flag and others have taken up getting mad at them.
Our flag a symbol of both my and our country. It’s a symbol of our unity, our strength, and our endurance. It used to make me furious when I saw people desecrate it. But then I first heard a version of the poem “I Am An American Flag”. I was about half-way done when I heard:
I have been burned, torn and trampled
on the streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn
and trampled on the streets of my country.
And when it’s by those whom I’ve served in battle — it hurts.
But I shall overcome — for I am strong.
And as I heard that, it hit me. I don’t need to protect the flag. The flag itself is a symbol of all the other flags before it. It’s gone through shot, shell, and blood before, and it’s still here. It’s duty is to be both ever vigilant, and always be willing to sacrifice, not unlike us. It’s duty is to be able to be burned by those who disrespect it, even by those who are not granted that right.
Our country hasn’t always been perfect, but that flag has endured as heroes were born under it, forged under it through hardship, people put their blood, sweat, tears, and bodies on the line to try to make things better for the next generation. That flag you destroy itself is a symbol of the fact that you live in a country where you have the God-given, birthright to do that to express yourself. Just think about the privilege you have compared to so many people in the world. There’s no idea you can’t challenge, no person you can’t criticize, no symbol you can’t take a steaming dump on and set on fire. You could get the last 10 presidents, a room of world leaders, go one by one, tell them to go fuck themselves, then go home, watch listen and do what you want with no repercussion.
That flag is a symbol of this website, in a time people sought to censor, control the flow of information on the internet I have the freedom to say “no I’ll just write about it here, as crudely as I want to”. The right to free speech means NOTHING without the right to offend.
So thank you flag burners. That flag is a symbol of the many flags that burned before it, a reminder of your right to burn that flag, and the fact that freedom will endure under it.