Old Glory will stand | SummitDaily.com

Old Glory will stand

Bud Hill, moving from Missouri to Breckenridge

It’s a long way from Ground Zero to the Peak 1 summit, yet both places yielded tattered, torn and burned American flags – the same Stars and Stripes marines hoisted on Iwo Jima, the same that shrouded the caskets of Abraham Lincoln and JFK, the same symbol of a grateful, grieving nation that covered the remains of soldiers as they returned home from Vietnam, Grenada and the Desert Storms around the world.

This flag of freedom and liberty evokes deep passions of peace and politics of patriotism and democratic purpose. We are all touched in deep and defining ways by its unfurling, by its rippling in the wind, by its mere presence whether below ground, atop a summit or within the hearts, minds and souls of each one of us.

America and our flag is more than fabric, more than colors, more than a patriotic symbol or focus for dissent. It is alive – alive in those who carried it, placed it and unfurled it on Peak 1 this past Sept. 11.

It is alive – alive in those who expressed their dissent, which at first glance seems so mischievous, just as it is alive in those with a politic for world peace.

Whatever the outcome of this present battleground of desecration, democracy and dissent, when the battle’s over, Old Glory will remain unfurled, blowing in the wind, inspiring us and those who follow to a live life fully in pursuit of liberty and freedom for all.

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