On this Flag Day, we must restore Old Glory to her rightful place, flying over a free people, empowered and emboldened.
The red, white, and blue cannot become synonymous with federal policies
that invade our privacy and unreasonably search us through unbridled
data collection. America’s flag should not be left to hang limply over
an IRS that would target us for our political viewpoints; a Department
of Justice that would criminalize journalism; nor can it be raised
proudly above a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that
mandates health coverage over tenets of one’s religious faith.
No, indeed, America’s flag flies freely in this republic only for life
and liberty. It stands a proud watch above the graves of our military
service members and their families who sacrificed much. And, the flag
carries a promise of hope, opportunity and liberty beyond us — for our
children and their children for generations to come.
On this Flag Day, we give thanks for our nation’s symbol of freedom and
for all who have sacrificed that we might live. And, we take a moment
to renew our promise to each other that they will not have died or been
wounded in vain.
We the people promise to stand up, speak up,
and fight for those constitutional principles that allow our flag to fly
boldly and proudly over that “city on a hill.”