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Proud To Be An American

Jan Morgan
 

About the author: Jan is a nationally recognized 2nd Amendment Advocate/Speaker/ NRA Certified Firearms Instructor/ Associated Press Award winning investigative journalist/ Owner/Editor JanMorganMedia.com, Sr. Editor/Patriot Update/ Independent Constitutional Conservative. She is closely aligned with the Republican/ ... [read 's FULL BIO]

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

According to the Flag Code, the Pledge “should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present and not in uniform may render the military salute. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute”

Symbolism of The American Flag: The 50 stars represent the 50 states, the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies; the blue stands for loyalty, devotion, truth, justice, and friendship; red symbolizes courage, zeal, and fervency, while white denotes purity and rectitude of conduct; commonly referred to by its nickname of Old Glory.

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  • David Sauber

    God Bless the USA & God Bless you Jan Morgan. Love the new site. The comment section is excellent & is set-up like a comment section should be. I love the way you can directly comment on a certain post or thread by a commenter so you don’t have to scroll through the whole section to see who the reply was mean’t for and what they said originally & subsequentially. Also being able to arrange it in different orders is helpful & less frustrating (i.e. – FB…..ugh). Great job Jan, and glad to be aboard!!! 🙂

    • JanMorgan

      So glad you made it here David! Finally Uncensored and free!!!!

  • NATIONAL FLAG FOUNDATION’S FLAG FOLDING CEREMONY

    National
    Flag Foundation presents its own special flag folding ceremony,
    incorporating several of the virtues attributed to the colors of the
    Flag as specified in 1782 by Charles Thomson, then Secretary of
    Congress. National Flag Foundation recommends that this ceremony be read
    prior to the actual folding of the flag.

    The first fold
    stands for liberty. In America, we are free to own property, to elect
    our government representatives, to attend the church of our choice, to
    openly disagree, to travel freely without restriction, to pursue an
    education and the “American Dream”. The white stripes of the Flag
    symbolize our liberty.

    The second fold represents unity.
    Abraham Lincoln stated that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
    National unity in the face of natural disasters and external threats,
    such as those posed on September 11, 2001, has preserved our
    constitutional republic.

    The third fold stands for
    justice. In America we believe that every person stands equal before the
    law and is deserving of just and fair treatment. The laborer and the
    lawyer are both entitled to justice in America. The blue of the Flag
    embodies justice.

    The fourth fold symbolizes perseverance.
    To persevere means to endure, to remain steadfast despite severe
    hardship and obstacles. The Continental Army suffered repeated setbacks
    before claiming any significant victory. Yet throughout the brutal
    winter of 1777 at Valley Forge, they persevered.

    The fifth
    fold represents hardiness. Hardiness is the ability to withstand
    difficulty while remaining resolute despite adversity. The aggressors in
    World War II underestimated American hardiness. They thought that
    Americans were soft, incapable and unwilling to endure hardship. Our
    soldiers and sailors such as those who fought at Normandy and in Korea
    proved them wrong.

    The sixth fold stands for valor. Valor
    means courage, the act of defending what is right even in the face of
    opposition. Nathan Hale, the Revolutionary War patriot, was convicted of
    spying by the British in 1776. Before he was hanged, Hale displayed
    great valor with his words, “I only regret that I have but one life to
    give for my country.” The red color in the flag represents valor,
    symbolic of the blood shed by all the American heroes who sacrificed for
    our freedom.

    The seventh fold symbolizes purity. A pure
    nation is free from taint, from what weakens, pollutes or renders it
    ineffective. Our Founding Fathers illuminated freedom’s path for us when
    they created the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the
    Bill of Rights. The pure intent of these documents enabled the United
    States of America to become the greatest of all nations, a land of
    liberty which beckons to all who are seeking asylum from persecution and
    oppression.

    The eighth fold represents innocence.
    Innocence implies that one is unacquainted with evil and is thus free
    from sin. George Washington once stated, “The love of my country will be
    the ruling influence of my conduct.” Americans pay tribute to him and
    to all those who give devoted service to uphold freedom’s ideals without
    selfish or evil motivations.

    The ninth fold signifies
    sacrifice. To sacrifice is to give up something valued for an ideal,
    belief or goal. America exists today because of the sacrifices of
    countless Americans. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice of their
    lives in battles waged during the Revolution, the World Wars, in Korea,
    Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and other locations around the world.
    We pay tribute to them and to the firefighters, policemen, soup kitchen
    volunteers, members of our armed forces and numerous others who
    continue to sacrifice for freedom.

    The tenth fold stands
    for honor. One who possesses honor possesses a keen sense of ethical
    conduct. To honor a person or ideal is to display respect for them. We
    give thanks for all who have acted with honor in the founding and growth
    of America. We pray that each citizen and all those who represent us in
    government will conduct themselves in a manner that will continue to
    bring honor to our nation and to our Flag.

    The eleventh
    fold symbolizes independence. Independence is the state of being free,
    of being able to make unrestricted choices within the law as free
    individuals and as a free nation. Ever since our nation’s birth,
    Americans have fiercely defended their independence against all
    oppressors. Patrick Henry articulated the sentiments of his fellow
    Americans past, present and future when he uttered those famous words,
    “Give me liberty, or give me death.” America stands as an icon of
    freedom and independence for the oppressed of the world. May it always
    remain so.

    The twelfth fold represents truth. Truth is the
    body of real events and facts. It is preserved through adherence to
    reality and the avoidance of falsehoods. America was built upon
    God-given truths articulated in the Declaration of Independence “that
    all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
    certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the
    pursuit of happiness.” Adherence to these truths has made America a
    great nation. We pledge to continue this noble legacy of truth so that
    in America, every man woman and child may forever be free.

    National
    Flag Foundation presents its own special flag folding ceremony,
    incorporating several of the virtues attributed to the colors of the
    Flag as specified in 1782 by Charles Thomson, then Secretary of
    Congress. National Flag Foundation recommends that this ceremony be read
    prior to the actual folding of the flag.

    The first fold
    stands for liberty. In America, we are free to own property, to elect
    our government representatives, to attend the church of our choice, to
    openly disagree, to travel freely without restriction, to pursue an
    education and the “American Dream”. The white stripes of the Flag
    symbolize our liberty.

    The second fold represents unity.
    Abraham Lincoln stated that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
    National unity in the face of natural disasters and external threats,
    such as those posed on September 11, 2001, has preserved our
    constitutional republic.

    The third fold stands for
    justice. In America we believe that every person stands equal before the
    law and is deserving of just and fair treatment. The laborer and the
    lawyer are both entitled to justice in America. The blue of the Flag
    embodies justice.

    The fourth fold symbolizes perseverance.
    To persevere means to endure, to remain steadfast despite severe
    hardship and obstacles. The Continental Army suffered repeated setbacks
    before claiming any significant victory. Yet throughout the brutal
    winter of 1777 at Valley Forge, they persevered.

    The fifth
    fold represents hardiness. Hardiness is the ability to withstand
    difficulty while remaining resolute despite adversity. The aggressors in
    World War II underestimated American hardiness. They thought that
    Americans were soft, incapable and unwilling to endure hardship. Our
    soldiers and sailors such as those who fought at Normandy and in Korea
    proved them wrong.

    The sixth fold stands for valor. Valor
    means courage, the act of defending what is right even in the face of
    opposition. Nathan Hale, the Revolutionary War patriot, was convicted of
    spying by the British in 1776. Before he was hanged, Hale displayed
    great valor with his words, “I only regret that I have but one life to
    give for my country.” The red color in the flag represents valor,
    symbolic of the blood shed by all the American heroes who sacrificed for
    our freedom.

    The seventh fold symbolizes purity. A pure
    nation is free from taint, from what weakens, pollutes or renders it
    ineffective. Our Founding Fathers illuminated freedom’s path for us when
    they created the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the
    Bill of Rights. The pure intent of these documents enabled the United
    States of America to become the greatest of all nations, a land of
    liberty which beckons to all who are seeking asylum from persecution and
    oppression.

    The eighth fold represents innocence.
    Innocence implies that one is unacquainted with evil and is thus free
    from sin. George Washington once stated, “The love of my country will be
    the ruling influence of my conduct.” Americans pay tribute to him and
    to all those who give devoted service to uphold freedom’s ideals without
    selfish or evil motivations.

    The ninth fold signifies
    sacrifice. To sacrifice is to give up something valued for an ideal,
    belief or goal. America exists today because of the sacrifices of
    countless Americans. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice of their
    lives in battles waged during the Revolution, the World Wars, in Korea,
    Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and other locations around the world.
    We pay tribute to them and to the firefighters, policemen, soup kitchen
    volunteers, members of our armed forces and numerous others who
    continue to sacrifice for freedom.

    The tenth fold stands
    for honor. One who possesses honor possesses a keen sense of ethical
    conduct. To honor a person or ideal is to display respect for them. We
    give thanks for all who have acted with honor in the founding and growth
    of America. We pray that each citizen and all those who represent us in
    government will conduct themselves in a manner that will continue to
    bring honor to our nation and to our Flag.

    The eleventh
    fold symbolizes independence. Independence is the state of being free,
    of being able to make unrestricted choices within the law as free
    individuals and as a free nation. Ever since our nation’s birth,
    Americans have fiercely defended their independence against all
    oppressors. Patrick Henry articulated the sentiments of his fellow
    Americans past, present and future when he uttered those famous words,
    “Give me liberty, or give me death.” America stands as an icon of
    freedom and independence for the oppressed of the world. May it always
    remain so.

    The twelfth fold represents truth. Truth is the
    body of real events and facts. It is preserved through adherence to
    reality and the avoidance of falsehoods. America was built upon
    God-given truths articulated in the Declaration of Independence “that
    all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
    certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the
    pursuit of happiness.” Adherence to these truths has made America a
    great nation. We pledge to continue this noble legacy of truth so that
    in America, every man woman and child may forever be free.