The American Flag is a symbol. Ask around and you will hear a number of adjectives. Freedom. Honor. Sacrifice. Opportunity. Service. There are others, some not so great. Imperialism, Colonialism. War.
This is my flag, no matter what.
Today it represents Patriot Day, which rose out of the ashes of the Twin Towers that collapsed in a fiery cloud on September 11, 2001. It was my Pearl Harbor. My JFK. I remember exactly what I was doing and where I was. Now we mark September 11 as a Day Of Remembrance, So many died that day, and even years after when the man-made materials in the Twin Towers waged a war on the lungs of the emergency responders. This was the ultimate sacrifice, knowing that the act of saving the life of another might take their own.
We remember. We won’t forget. And we still cry. God Bless America.