This is our flagpole and our country’s flag. We did not put up the pole. It was here when we purchased the house. It was erected after the United States entered into the battles of WWII.
The owner of the house, at that time, had the misfortune of having the first name of Adolph and from German ancestry. People were narrow minded enough to think that name and where he and his parents came from made the man. He was stared at and whispers heard as they passed. He was harassed.
So, to prove to these small minded people that he was an American and supported his country, he put up this flagpole and flew the flag daily. There are people today that are still of narrow minds. That have forgotten that our country was founded by immigrants from many nations. Part of my ancestors were already here when that migration began.
Some, including me, pledge allegiance to this flag and some do not because they find that against their principles or religion. That is their right and their choice. Some make a big deal about “one nation under God”. I don’t have a problem with that, yet, I can understand why some may. There is a separation of church and state. There is a purpose for that and it was including in the documents governing the nation at the time of its forming.
No one’s religious beliefs trumps the laws created for all. Those that think it is necessary to have those words and find fault if someone believes as I mentioned, need to remember this: those words were not added until 1954 to show the world that we differ from the Communists. I guess they thought us Baby Boomers would grow up not knowing the difference. But, those men and women that fought in those wars, WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, did not need those words to fight for their country. They honored that flag with their lives and carried their beliefs with them into battle, whatever they were.
Today, men and women still are servicing our nation, represented on the field by them and our flag. We should never send them into battle without negotiations and all efforts to keep them out of harm’s way and to always bring them home. Once home, give them the care they need for as long as they need it. A nation that should never turn its back on any in need. The young, the old, the disadvantaged. Because tomorrow it could be one of us or someone we love. Don’t allow any to turn us against one another because some may be different or in a different place or of a different choice than we are. We are one nation.
Our founding fathers took on the mightiest nation at that time, not because they didn’t love their mother country but because they believed they were not being recognized and rights limited. They wanted freedom from tyranny, a King that was the church and its authority. They wanted liberty for all and because they thought they could make a better country for themselves and for those to follow.
We are a nation of laws. Most with Greek and Roman principles. Laws that are to encompass all citizens rights, not a few, and with choices. A democracy. We are not just a Christian nation. That is but one of many beliefs that our country’s people have and that includes those that do not believe in a faith besides the one they have in themselves. Freedom to believe in what brings you peace of mind. Their spiritual choice. Freedom to gather and worship and freedom to be alone and meditate.
Today we fly our flag for you, Mr. Adolph Kline, and all the veterans and all the citizens of the United States of America. But, primarily on July 4th, we fly that flag in honor of those brave men and their families, our founding fathers, that took a chance on building a better place, a better country, a fair nation for them and all its citizens. A work that did not stop with them. A building that will never be done. We build ahead, not back, and continually because of them. And, our flag, long may it wave.