From a peaceful country-side neighborhood with white picket fences to the noisy and fast-paced bustle of a metro area, we live, work, and struggle in the United States – and we are privileged.
What does it mean to be an American? What does it mean to live within the borders of the United States?
We all have different opinions and are allowed to express those opinions – the good, the bad, and the ugly. That is one of our great privileges. But, at times it can breed bitterness, hatred, and divisiveness with lack of respect throughout our communities.
It seems narcissistic attitudes have cultivated through all media platforms and technological interfaces. Empathy and compassion for others’ opinions have diminished, giving way to a negative and definitive way of thinking.
So what about the red, white, and blue? In the midst of the over-stated and too often glorified disrespect and selfishness in our country, sometimes we may need a friendly reminder about the promise, privilege, honor, and opportunity of living in America.
I do not believe that I am alone… we all notice the display of our great American flag, and in many cases, it is not displayed at all. The good news is that I have seen more businesses and homes flying the American flag, but I believe there is room for improvement.
I recently noticed flag poles at conspicuous locations on buildings and homes, that once proudly displayed our flag, are now gone. Sometimes, lanyards are missing and flags are old and faded, or even ripped.
I spoke to some local building owners and managers, and in some cases, they shared how they have more things to worry about in day-to-day operations, which take priority over flying the flag. They also expressed their lack of proper flag etiquette, which raises concern of anticipated complaints. Too often that weighs heavier than the importance of flying our red, white, and blue.
I also noticed empty flag poles throughout our residential communities. In some cases, people may not be able to raise or lower their flag or understand flag etiquette as described in the U.S. Flag Code.
With Veterans’ Day fast approaching, I encourage everyone to fly the red, white, and blue, and join the #GreenLightaVet campaign.
A friendly reminder to all who live and work in the United States… this is an awesome place to live. We have responsibilities, opportunities, and goals. It is a reflection of our privilege to live in this great country.
I am proud and honored to be an American.