American flags on Memorial Day are more than just a festive patriotic touch to a three-day weekend. They are a symbol of every freedom Americans enjoy and are a reminder to honor all the individuals who have kept our country free. A three-day weekend is fun, but Memorial Day is not a happy event.
My perfect world is one where there is no need for the military. Humans work everything out with words and
countries build each other up, instead of tearing each other (and themselves) apart. Idyllic as that is, I am aware that my freedom came at a huge expense. The rights and privileges that Americans all share were fought hard for by many soldiers, and continue to exist because of current efforts.
I totally agree with the sentiment Sarah Phillpot expressed in her article "Why I No Longer Say 'Happy Memorial Day,'" published last week on BonBon Break. I hope everyone has fun today and enjoys their backyard barbecues, patriotic foods, and time with friends and family. But, let's all pause whenever we see an American flag, to remember and honor those who have served.
How many American flags have you seen today?
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