Freedom’s Shield and Hope.
Happy Flag Day
That piece of red, white and blue bunting means five thousand years of struggle upwards. It is the full-grown flower of ages of fighting for liberty. It is the century plant of human hope in bloom. ~Alvin Owsley
The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history. ~Woodrow Wilson
‘Twas red with the blood of freemen and white
With the fear of the foe;
And the stars that fit in their courses ‘gainst
Tyrants its symbols knows.
– Julia Ward Howe
Have not I myself known five hundred living soldiers sabred into crows’ meat for a piece of glazed cotton, which they call their flag. – Thomas Carlyle
We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty. – George Washington
We have room in this country for but one flag, the Stars and Stripes…. We have room for but one loyalty, loyalty to the United States…. – Theodore Roosevelt.
Our flag is our national ensign, pure and simple, behold it! Listen to it! Every star has a tongue, every stripe is articulate.— Robert C. Winthrop