As Flag Day approaches, I had this thought – does he know why we do these things? So I asked him, and he did not. It just never occurred to me to explain it to him. After all, I’ve (as I’m sure you have too) been doing it all my life, and I was quite used to it. But was I used to it or had I let it become routine and meaningless?
I pulled out a book that we’d read several times before by Callista Gingrich called Yankee Doodle Dandy. He knew the story, but this time we looked at it differently. Afterward we talked about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, how every country has a flag as their specific symbol, and our flag represents the Constitution in action. When we say the Pledge of Allegiance, we are saying we love and will defend our country, and we support what the Constitution states. Oh goodness, there were lots of questions.This little exercise reminded me not to take the flag for granted. I asked Matt to take our flag to A Cleaner World so it could be cleaned, something we do free of charge for everyone every day, and ready for Flag Day and July 4th. I am so proud that our company cleans American Flags for free. It tells me how meaningfully the staff at A Cleaner World views the American Flag. In fact, I once had a manager tell me that they considered an honor and a privilege to get to clean an American Flag.