Thursday, December 4, 2008

VIEW FROM TOP>>Our flag: A symbol of us

By Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley
19th Airlift Wing command chief

When you look at the American flag can you see yourself in it? As our symbol of freedom and democracy, our flag has each one of us woven into it. The 13 alternating stripes represent people who wanted a better life for them and their families. These people were the ones who set out and established the original colonies whose number was 13.

America is a country that is broad and diverse. The 50 stars capture the diversity our nation has ranging from language, culture and tradition to name a few. Yet at the end of the day we all fall under a unified focus and each of our stars operate together as one great republic.

The red stripes represent the sacrifices made to establish and maintain a free land domestically as well as supporting our allies abroad. Even as you read this, there are thousands of Americaís best deployed around the world protecting our flag and way of life.

The white stripes represent our pure intentions when dealing with those within our borders as well as those outside of them.

Our nation is that light shining on a hill because people know that we have established our foundation on sound principles.

The field of blue background on our flag represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. Our military willingly maintains this posture which assures our democratic way of life. Each time supplies make it to their destination or personnel arrive at the right place at the right time, those who stand on freedomís forefront are equipped to do our nationís business.

So you see our flag is morally and battle tested, yet it still waves proudly. All of us who enjoy the fruits of what our flag represents should take pause and pay respect to that wonderful piece of fabric that we all should see ourselves in. Combat Airlift!

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