The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

July 1, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Honoring the Red, White and Blue

As I face the American flag with my right hand over my heart, I humbly recite the Pledge of Allegiance while remembering over 200 years of strength and unity.

I see all the Patriots of the American Revolution, the 13 colonies and selfless sacrifice. I see bravery, valor, and courage in the battles fought and victories won.

“A government of the people, by the people, and for the people” where justice, loyalty and perseverance reside.  Fifty states united, privileged with opportunity for all.  

I see Betsy Ross as she stitches together the first flag of the United States and George Washington taking his place as president. Abraham Lincoln is clearly seen delivering his infamous Gettysburg Address.

A nation where men are freed from bondage and no longer enslaved.  

There’s Clara Barton, the Angel of the Battlefield aiding the wounded and the Red Cross that greatly serves us today.

The Spirits of Commitment to the American people are woven into Old Glory’s tapestry thread by thread.

These heroes are what the flag means to me. I see Thomas Jefferson and our forefathers at Independence Hall, pen in hand signing the Declaration of Independence.

I see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty offering hope to humanity. I see the faith of our fathers and pray that “In God” we will still trust and that no blood has been shed in vain.

I applaud Rosa Parks for keeping her seat and Martin Luther King Jr. for helping America to fulfill many a dream.

Within the tapestry of the Red, White and Blue is my country's heritage and my grandchildren's future. May we each stand firm in truth and dedication, where the eagle soars and freedom rings, to continue to protect this blessed nation, so that the Star Spangled Banner will always wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Evangeline Stover

Shady Spring

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