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Honoring the Flag: Quotes From Famous Americans

Thursday, June 14, 2012

On a day that we celebrate the birthday of the Army (click here to write a message to the Army on www.army.mil) and Flag Day, take a moment to read some quotes from esteemed Americans when regarding the Stars and Stripes. 

President Theodore Roosevelt 

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

President Woodrow Wilson 

“This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours. It floats in majestic silence above the hosts that execute those choices, whether in peace or in war. And yet, though silent, it speaks to us — speaks to us of the past, or the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it.”

John Philip Sousa  

“The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom's shield and hope.”

General Douglas MacArthur 

“I see that the old flagpole still stands. Have our troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down.”

President Calvin Coolidge 

“We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home. … But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.”

President Ulysses S. Grant 

"Our great modern Republic. May those who seek the blessings of its institutions and the protection of its flag remember the obligations they impose."

John Wayne 

"Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I'm not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be."

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Photo caption: U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Anthony Villalobos, with the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, in Springville, Calif., in April 2011. (Photo credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Sean Palmer/Released) 

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