Freedom is a gift bought with blood and sacrifice.
Our own freedom from sin and damnation was bought with the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.
Likewise, our national freedoms as Americans of these United States have been bought with the blood and sacrifice of those who have gone when called, stood when others cowered prone and, for many, done so without ever returning to their earthly home.
And so, may we teach our children what it means to wave our flag with fervent pride and pledge our allegiance to her and for all that she stands to represent. We are intended to be one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
To turn away from her is to disregard those who have served in order that we may remain so freely opinionated today.
And so, please stand.