The symbol of an exceptional nation.
So much more than a decoration or a national logo, the American flag represents the American ideals espoused in our founding document: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Honoring and respecting the flag is how we express our unending support for these ideas.
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I submit that the American flag is a sacred symbol, indistinguishable from the people and nation it represents. It is more than a national logo, more than a patriotic image on cloth. Every physical manifestation of it is a sacred relic, revered by those who believe in what it stands for.