Flag Day Introduction:
Quote from 1861 Civil War address by Henry Ward Beecher:
Our flag…means just what Concord and Lexington meant, what Bunker Hill meant…the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world has ever known—the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means all that the Constitution of our people meant, organizing for justice, for liberty, and for happiness.
A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but…the principles, the truths, the history that belongs to the nation that sets it forth….the American flag is the symbol of liberty, and men rejoiced in it. Not another flag has had such an errand, carrying everywhere around the world, such hope for freedom—such glorious tidings.
Our flag carries THIS supreme idea: Divine Right of Liberty in man.
This American Flag was the safeguard of liberty.
Henry Ward Beecher echoed our founders’ ideal “that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.” (1)
10 Side straddle hops
15 The Reacher
10 Don Quixotes
LBAC F and B
Station 1: Block Party
- 50 Man Makers
- 100 Curls
- 200 Overhead Press
- Teams of 2- one person runs lap around lot while other pushes reps (alternate)
Mosey to Football Field…
Station 2: Bleachers
- 60 dips
- 30 Carolina Dry Docks
Station 3: Goal Line
- DORA 1,2,3 (top to bottom exercise)
- 100 Merkins
- 200 Big Boy Situps
- 300 Prisoner Squats
- Teams of 2- one person runs 100 yards and back while other does reps (alternate)
- Final Stretch: Two 50-yard sprints
Story Telling Run & “Outhouse explosion” to the Flag
- Cody, 14 year old boy in CA got into trouble for flying in American flag on his bike. The school officials banned the flag after Cinco de Mayo protests.
- Cody came from a proud military family. The community rallied around him. The American Legion riders and many others surrounded Corey with hundreds of flags and escorted him to school.
- The school backed down, apologized, and reversed their ban on the flag.
- We can all learn something from Cody: We need to stand up and fight for our freedoms, or they will be taken away.
Man is not perfect. Countries are not perfect. But the flag stands for an ideal. We shouldn’t protest ideals. We push towards them. Please stand behind your flag and the ideal it represents.
If you feel grieved, define your specific cause and educate people about it. Don’t protest the symbol of liberty. Don’t protest the very thing that people died for to earn us the right to protest. Instead protest specific actions that lead us astray from this ideal. Help us to unify and grow toward that goal, not divide us and pull us backwards.
I think it is unfortunate that many do not see what Beecher saw in America’s flag today. And those who have mixed or even hostile feelings toward our flag and the country it represents, because America has fallen short of its ideals, are misplacing their idealism and efforts. If they recognized, with Beecher, that “The history of this banner is one of Liberty,” and put their energy into reclaiming our founding vision of providing the broadest possible canvas for human freedom, they could reshape the world for the better instead of endlessly creating and repeating grievances. (1)
Excerpt from American Legion flag day speech:
The Flag of the United States not only symbolizes what our country is, but more importantly, what it could be.
The traditions of the United States include helping others, whether they be part of our immediate neighborhood or members of the international community. From Bunker Hill to Baghdad, Americans have put their lives and limbs on the line to defend and protect those in need.
When veterans do lose their lives, one need only look at their surviving next-of-kin to understand the significance of the flag under which they served.
Bible Verses on Liberty:
“Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
2 Corinthians 3:17 ASV
“For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.”
Galatians 5:13 ASV
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners”
Isaiah 61:1 NIV
Sources & Good Reads:
(1) Henry Ward Beecher 1861 Civil War Speech: What Does the American Flag Represent? | Mises Institute
(2) American Legion Flag Day Speech: https://saltexas.org/news/2021/flagdayspeech2021.pdf
Cody’s story: Independence Day (legion.org)
Let the People Decide: Let the People Decide.pdf (legion.org)
Happy Birthday to President Trump, a staunch defender of the flag and the ideals it represents.