Holding the Colors Close
June 27, 2007 7:56am CST
This photo was taken on June 14th which is Flag Day in the United States. Old and worn out American flags are retired with fire and ceremony. The flags are disassembled. The red stripes are then put into the fire first. The white stripes are given to the fire second and finally the blue field is given up. This photo captured one of the Girl Scouts holding and giving the blue field a final hug. What are your thoughts and impressions of this photo??
• United States
27 Jun 07
Yes, the flag is disassembled first. This is why it is so different from burning a flag in effigy. When the red stripes are presented to the fire, we remember the blood that has been spilled to fight for and to protect our country. The white stripes stand for loyalty to our country. The blue field has a special meaning also. I can't remember it right now. Did you know that when a flag is folded, each fold has a special meaning also? I will do a discussion on this, so keep an eye out for that one. *wink*