The Symbol of the American Flag

The American flag has been around since the early years of our country. http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/history/old-glory/ To Americans, the flag means many things. It symbolizes our freedom as Americans, as well as, tells a little bit about the history of our country. The fifty stars represent the fifty states that make up our country. The thirteen red and white stripes represent the thirteen original colonies of our land. Ever since I can remember, when I went to school each morning, we would stand up and say the pledge of allegiance before the flag. The pledge symbolizes what the flag means to us as Americans. However, in recent years many have begun to shame the flag and refuse to salute it. My question is, if you are an American should you be required to show this respect? http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htmimage

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