Saturday, June 14, 2008

Flag Day Observances

It's flag day, and news organizations are taking the opportunity to tell the country how great it is that America is "one nation under God" and that our motto shows our devotion to a creator.

For example, (Utah) has an article, "One nation under God: Church leaders value diety reference in pledge.

There is a comment option for this article if you would like to leave a comment.

Middletown Journal (Ohio) has an article, Navy veteran speaks up about Old Glory for Flag Day"

Conrad said he sees a lot of disrespect for the flag. They've never had to live in a country that's not represented by that flag and what it stands for. . . . They don't know how blessed we are," he said. "Under God — one nation under God — and we are."

An article at, Veterans Beat: 'Pause for the pledge' on Flag Day is a patriotic plan tells of plans to make the Pledge an increasingly important part of Flag Day celebrations.

Since 1980, Americans all across the country have paused for a moment on June 14 at 7 p.m. (EDT) to say simultaneously the 31 words of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. . . . President George Bush is considering an invitation to lead Americans everywhere in the National "pause for the pledge" over television and radio at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Flag Day. Joint Resolutions have been introduced in both Houses of Congress to make the "pause for the pledge" a regular part of Flag Day. Governors and mayors across the country have been invited to join in this national program. Incidentally, the Army usually invites area mayors to participate in the program by proclaiming "Flag Day" in their respective communities. The effect of this simple ceremony each year has been a stimulating experience at home and a sign of unity abroad.

The article contains the following opinion.

OPINION: A personal comment if I might. From time to time you hear about some off-base group that seeks to promote the abandonment of the voicing of the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools. These groups have made their similar condemnation of our flag, going to the extreme of putting a match to it or defiling it in other despicable ways. If it were not for the main stream media, the TV folks especially, attempts to attract attention to their unstable cause would go unnoticed. Hopefully, some of these television networks will come to understand that they are being used.

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