Thursday, June 24, 2010

You’re an emblem of the land I love…

There isn’t too much that bugs me. I’m a fairly open-minded person. If two people want to get married, they should be able to get married. If those same people want to adopt a family, they should be able to do that, too. Who am I to say whether it’s right or wrong? If you want to ride your bike to work, go for it, but I’m going to ride in the A/C comfort of my car. Yes, I know it runs on gas. Not all of us can afford to buy a new hybrid. Although, in my humble opinion, I think that should be the choice for the next generation of cars. If that’s only what’s available, that’s all people will buy. Right? Just like big screen TVs.

Anyway, my point is, there are few things that get me riled up.

Our flag is something I take very seriously. And by our flag, I mean the national flag of the United States of America. The Stars & Stripes, Old Glory, or even the Star Spangled Banner. It’s a flag we all know by sight. But one we don’t see often enough.

Some of you may remember my foray into the retail world last year, to purchase a new flag for my house. It’s time again to get a new one. I had no trouble this year, as the blue store with the smiley faces had a whole section with a wide variety. They even offered the one with the 20 foot flagpole, which I’m not allowed to have in my neighborhood. Damn HOA.

No, what has me all riled up today is this:

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Excuse me??

Since when is the flag that represents our nation referred to as “the Fourth of July” flag? When our veteran’s are honored, are we supposed to raise the Fourth of July flag? When a new president is sworn in, does he promise to defend the Fourth of July flag? Does this mean we can only be in the Olympics in July? Or the UN can only meet in July? For the other months, how will anyone know this is the United States of America?

Anyone on the planet can recognize the American flag.

It’s a shame one major retailer in America…doesn’t.

I’m sorry bull's-eye store. You have just lost my business.

 

"If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him - it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known - the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties." ~Henry Ward Beecher

10 comments:

  1. Well, this is wrong on so many levels. First, $19.00? An American flag cost $19.00. I ought to get one for nothing when I write my check to the IRS. $19.00 and you have to buy one every year? $19.00? And also the flag was made in China no doubt. Make sure you count all the stars to make sure they are there. $19.00?

    Jack me up!

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  2. Clearly, this is in their designated "holiday" section, but you're right, the signage doesn't make any sense. Do they not sell flags the rest of the year? In November, are they "Veteran's Day Flags?" Very poor choice of words, indeed.

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  3. Oh man, that stinks. Stupid bullseye store. The worst part is all the people who think about hte flag that same way. I remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school. I still get goosebumps when I see the star spangled banner waving in the wind. Boo to them!

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  4. Hey, you wrote a post about things that get you riley-ed up! ;)

    In all seriousness though, this is a well written and much needed post. Things I take for granted and shouldn't.

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  5. I agree - that's pretty lame. Talk about commercializing the heck out of holidays!

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  6. I am loving feisty Dawn today! Happy weekend!

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  7. Feisty Dawn is funny! Well sorta - the topic is serious.........the signage doesn't make alot of sense - but I think the are pushing folks to be patriotic for the 4th? I do understand your point - we all should be more respectful of our flag and what it stands for.

    I have to shop at the Bulls-eye store - The smiley/rollback store sends me over the edge!

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  8. you're right, the signage doesn't make any sense. Do they not sell flags the rest of the year? In November, are they "Veteran's Day Flags?" Very poor choice of words, indeed.
    grow talelr naturally

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