Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Flag Day Without a Flag

Today marks Flag Day, but in my travel to town for mass and back, I found scant observance. I checked the StarTribune, and despite their usual content that continues to throw their circulation numbers into freefall, there is no mention. Google often decorates their logo on their home page to match significant days - their most recent celebration was for the 25th anniversary of Tetris. Think they could do something for Flag Day? Nope.

On TV there was not much difference. I watched a live interview with our Senator Klobuchar, and despite the day and her live broadcast, a lapel pin was too much to ask. I observed numerous local and national shows, and saw nothing. In fact, the only mention of Flag Day was on Fox News. Go figure.

I felt that with Obama's election, it would finally be OK for "all of us" to get back to being patriotic. Remember that for some of us, now is the first time in our lives in which we've been proud of our country.

So why not fly the flag? Obama said it was OK. Don't own one? They have one on sale at your local hardware store, and it will take you about 5 minutes to set up and display properly. Still not feeling comfortable with it? Even after the world apology tour? Then, my friend, it is YOU that is the embarrassment, and not your country.

Happy Flag Day. May it proudly wave forever

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