"When The Mission is Complete."

What do you think of when you see Old Glory?  Do you see brave young soldiers fighting on battlefields; second-graders with hands on their hearts as they pledge allegiance to the flag; or the loving, prideful looks veterans give it every time they pass?  All of these things are perfect depictions of the flag and the freedom it represents.  “When the mission is complete” is the average work-day for a soldier in the U.S. Army; and since today also marks the 237th birthday of the Army, there’s no better way to celebrate than by thanking them and honoring the flag they fought beneath!

There have been countless descriptions of the flag, but one of the most striking to me is this one that was written by the House of Representatives in 1977:

“The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.”

Any true American heart will swell with pride at that picture.

Let’s make today a day to remember the tremendous sacrifices that have been made in order to ensure that the flag is always flown high and proud.  “When the mission is complete” has been the motto of thousands of soldiers– for many of them, that mission ended by giving the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  The mission hasn’t ended for us, though; it’s our job to continue representing the flag and everything it stands for– everything those soldiers stand for– even when others don’t.  Happy Flag Day and Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!