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    American Flag Tag

    A few American birthdays today -- the U.S. Army (1775) and Old Glory (1777). In 1777, the American flag was adopted by our Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Wilson issues a proclamation officially requesting June 14 be a day celebrating, "emblem of the Union." He wrote:
    I therefore suggest and request that throughout the nation and if possible in every community the fourteenth day of June be observed as FLAG DAY with special patriotic exercises, at which means shall be taken to give significant expression to our thoughtful love of America, our comprehension of the great mission of liberty and justice to which we have devoted ourselves as a people, our pride in the history and our enthusiasm for the political programme of the nation, our determination to make it greater and purer with each generation, and our resolution to demonstrate to all the world its, vital union in sentiment and purpose, accepting only those as true compatriots who feel as we do the compulsion of this supreme allegiance. Let us on that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, "one and inseparable" from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers' first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts, for an America which no man can corrupt, no influence draw away from its ideals, no force divide against itself,-a nation signally distinguished among all the nations of mankind for its clear, individual conception alike of its duties and its privileges, its obligations and its rights.

    Every once in a while, we see stories about public schools banning the American flag from its students' bicycles and automobiles.  Every time the community pushes back against this sort of unreasonable policy, the policy suddenly changes, and the schools' representatives make a statement declaring the flag sacred, the school patriotic, and the intent of the flag ban benign or even beneficent. A South Carolina high school recently had such an epiphany after banning one of its students from flying the American and POW/MIA flags on his truck:
    Peyton Robinson, a senior at York Comprehensive High School in York, S.C., has been driving his truck around our end of York County with two large flags attached to the bed – an American flag and one that honors military servicemen and women who have been taken as POWs (prisoners of war) or are MIA (missing in action). On Wednesday, May 13, he was pulled from class and sent to meet an administrator in the parking lot, where he discovered his flags had been removed and placed in the bed of his truck.  He was told by school officials, “Do not return to school with these flags.”
    According to Peyton's Instagram post, the school administrators told him that "people had complained," but when the school issued its statement, they said the ban was due to "safety concerns."  Apparently, the flag was a driving hazard that the public high school was uniquely qualified to address.
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