Yesterday my son in law, Scott Fowler, sent me this picture of my grandsons, Preston and Bailey. They made this flag with their own hand prints, as a gift to their father. Scott said it is the most moving gift he has ever received. He has tried hard to instill in the boys a respect for the history of our country and an awareness of the sacrifices that have given us the freedoms we enjoy. They have heard the story of the three and a half years my father, their great grandfather, spent as a prisoner of war. They have seen the pictures of him raising the flag as he did almost every morning of his life. They know what the flag stands for.
A recent Jay Leno interview of a random person on the street revealed that this person had no idea what that flag stood for. No idea what the stars and stripes signified. A generation of such people are quickly populating our country.
If we forget the price of freedom we will loose it.
If we forget our history we will forfeit our future.
The flag reminds us of the history and cost of the freedoms we enjoy today. We must be sure that this young generation can still SEE the significance of the flag and know its rich history. That knowledge will help guarantee that long after we are gone, old glory will still have a land of the free and home of the brave over which it can wave.
Oh, say can you see?