By William Qualkinbush.
By William Qualkinbush
I felt strongly that today needed a non-sports take. I’ll let you guess why…
All the time, I turn on the news and other people groups around the world are striving for freedom. The Egyptian people are in the midst of this right now. They fight and scratch and claw and protest and picket and riot in the streets because they want to be free, or at least they want whatever they consider to be freedom.
In America, that fight has already been fought. Now, when we fight, it is not about acquiring liberty. It is about protecting it. No matter how difficult it is to keep our nation independent and free, it was even more difficult for our forefathers to claim something they didn’t have at the time and win a struggle against an established power to give the United States of America a place in the world.
Read the lyrics of “The Star Spangled Banner” today, and consider the original meaning. Sure, there is still meaning in our current society, but the images of tattered flags still standing while bombs ring out all around it are just gripping. The imagery of fallen soldiers whose final moments of life were spent defending an idea you and I can cling to is remarkable.
Think about the pride and courage the American flag has inspired in our soldiers since 1775 when they look up and see a symbol of resolve and continue to fight, even until death, to protect the rights of people they will never meet.
If you love this country, if you know someone serving or who has served in the armed forces, if you truly reflect on this, I don’t see any way to read those words without tears in your eyes. I have tears in mine as I’m writing this.
So the next time you hear of a group somewhere halfway around the world pursuing freedom, be grateful to those who already completed the pursuit for us.
God Bless America!