This may get moved and MODS if you fell it need to be put in the high please do so. Thanks This week, we are given the privilege, again, of celebrating the most beautiful sight in most of our lives: this nation's glorious flag. There is simply no more significant, reassuring, hope-giving, or envied symbol on the planet. Wednesday marks the 90th Flag Day Observance of our now 229-year-old national banner. A special day of respect, joy and thanksgiving for all who are so very fortunate to be living beneath its majestic and protective colors. Just as there is no more noble, nor more vital, national calling, than military service in defense of home & country, there is certainly no more noble nor enduring flag than America's distinctive stars and stripes of red, white and blue. Born of struggle and strife, our glorious flag has continued to wave, through times of peace, and times of war, a steady, steely symbol of a once-infant nation grown great, a nation forced, at the start, to fight for its freedom, and then later, many times over, fight to retain it. Despite challenges along the way, our majestic flag has stood through the centuries, as it does to this day, for the bold and steadfast strength of America. It's the outward symbol of our inward resolve. A resolve, in tribute to our courageous founders, to ever-defend our shores and freedoms, and the will to firmly and, if need be, forcefully confront those who would threaten or bring harm to our national interests. Or who might do harm to one of our tenured and true allies, whenever their own security has been threatened. For the security of America is ultimately tied to, and depend upon, that of a free and secure world. To defend same, is our nation's tradition, power, and responsibility, the true meaning woven-within our proud and distinctive flag. It's who we Americans are, and hopefully will forever be. Every time you have the opportunity, that so many others long for, to recite the sacred pledge of allegiance to our great and free nation, look directly at those historic stars and stripes, let your focus never waver, hear as well as speak those significant words, and be ever grateful. For this we must continue to do, with prayer and thanksgiving, for all that we are so blessed to have, and all too often, so quick to forget. As stated by a prominent 19th century American pastor, Henry Ward Beecher, in part: "Our flag...means justice. And it means liberty. Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty. Every star and stripe means liberty." Add to that the sage advice of an individual whose name has been lost to the ages, an admonition that rings so-very-true today: "If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag." On that point, let's be more candid and clear. If, as a resident, you feel no deep, ever-present emotion at the sight of America's flag or heart-felt devotion when reciting your allegiance to this nation, if you are loyalty-conflicted, as a despicable number of individuals and institutions here today are, then you just simply need to get out. Make room for those who truly want to be here. Those with a deep desire to lawfully and meaningfully contribute, and for whom, from among all nations, there is a genuine commitment to love only this one. America was made mighty and great by loyal, industrious and steadfast citizens, not by appeasers, whiners and part-timers. The dictionary defines patriotism as "love and loyalty for, or zealous support of, one's country." So, to all of you who are serious citizens of this magnificent country, sincerest thanks for the love, loyalty and zealous support that you give, continuously and meaningfully, to our nation and flag which stands for it. With hand over heart, or by crisp salute, may we, and generations to come, continue to have the honor and privilege of supporting, respecting and protecting, America's stars and stripes, as they, in turn, have protected and enriched those responsible citizens among us. And please be forever thankful, for the incredible opportunity and magnificent blessing it truly is, to be, an American.