Old Glory: Wherever we are; it's standing guard

  • Published
  • By Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson
  • Commander, 45th Space Wing
Old Glory. The Stars and Stripes. The Red, White and Blue.

Whatever name you want to call it, we all know the chills we get when we see it waving in the wind, whether it's over Memorial Plaza, over the center field wall at a baseball park, atop the stand at an Olympic medal presentation -- or - more importantly - at a deployed location around the world.

Regardless of where we are, it is standing guard.
And this Tuesday, Americans will be celebrating it with Flag Day celebrations all around the globe.

But even with the protocol and traditions that have been established over the past 95 years since Flag Day started, we think Flag Day is much more about what we all carry in our hearts and minds, than what we may witness with our eyes and ears.

It has the unique ability to give us hope, make us cry and make us proud all at the same time, and it has been doing that since the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

For those around the world, it is so much more than a "symbol" of what makes America great. Without question, it's the most recognized flag on the face of the earth, but it remains as humble today as it was 234 years ago.

The next time you see a U.S. flag waving in the breeze, take a moment to reflect on all it stands for and the sacrifices made by those who have served before us. And, be thankful for the ideals and freedoms they gave so much to preserve.