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In 1914, Secretary of Interior Franklin K. Lane delivered a speech for a Flag Day celebration. He claimed the American flag had spoken to him prior to his speech. Of the flag, he said, "I am what you make of me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol or yourself."
As Americans celebrate Flag Day, perhaps they will give a moment to reflect and ponder on this country as a free land and a home for all who claim citizenship in America. The words of Franklin K. Lane place some responsibility on the people in this country. What kind of symbols do we represent to our families, our fellow citizens and other countries?
As I personally reflect on my own lack of patriotic responsibility, I realize part of the problems of this great country belong to each of us.
We can start by instilling an attitude of patriotism in the hearts of our children. If the flag does fly with dignity, then it can fly as a symbol of who we are as Americans. Unfortunately, if it flies with bitterness, and distrust , it is also a symbol of who we have become as a people.
What are we doing to honor and give due respect to our country? My community is great at flying the flag on so many occasions. Hopefully on the 14 of June, we will take a moment to ponder and reflect on the great land we call America.
America My Land
By Myrna Cox
I have seen your splendid canyons
Painted by the hand of God.
I have watched your blooming deserts
Where "muley" deer have trod.
I have watched an eagle circle
Far above the canyon wall.
And sat upon a moonlit knoll
Heard a coyote''s lonesome call.
I''ve listened to your whispering pines
And swam your flowing streams.
Felt the coolness of your mountain breeze
While pondering on life’s dreams.
To watch your wildflowers bloom
translucent, across your plains,
Rejoicing in your grandeur
To feel your summer rains.
Oh, my dear America
How you have touched my heart
Have given me sweet freedoms
Of life''s goodness to impart.
For every special goodness,
Life’s freedoms from your hand
I''ll always love you, America!
My own, my native land.