tentcamping“Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation.”  ~ Joe Barton ~

Patriotism…”love that people feel for their country,” Webster’s Dictionary.  In many countries, the greatest symbol of patriotism is the country’s flag.  We are one of those countries.

Those who know me, know that I have a great devotion to the American Flag.  I am the Keeper of the Flag for the Enterprise Lions Club’s Giant American Flag.  It is an icon of Redding, California.  It is a perfect presentation of the flag at 1500 square feet of Flag on a 120 foot tall pole.  It is 50 feet from the side of Interstate 5 and visible from all over town.  At night there are 3000 watts of light illuminating her glory.  This flag presentation was dedicated on September 11, 2002, the first anniversary of 9-11, “To all those who Serve.”

I recently have been helping a young man named Preston Sharp in his own display of patriotism. At 9 years old he visited his Grandfather’s grave and found this Veteran had no flag on his grave site. He took it on himself to cure that situation.  Since then, Preston, with the dedicated help of his mother, April, has placed over 2000 flags on graves of veterans. A Scoutmaster and his daughter donated a wagon for Preston to pull around with his flags. It got a patriotic paint job before we gave it to him.  I just delivered an additional 200 flags to them on Friday from community donations to his efforts.

The symbolism of our devotion is important.  Think of a wedding band, flowers on Valentine’s Day, a special night out on your anniversary or the feast of Thanksgiving.  The greatest examples of this are the ones, like Preston, that you develop yourself and maintain through your own dedication and efforts.

Give someone an American Flag for no reason other than love.  While you are at it, give your sweetie some flowers for the best reason and not because of a date on the calendar.

Mike Ferrier

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