Let the Flag Wave!

Red, white and blue were chosen as the colors of United States Flag - to represent valor (red), liberty and purity (white), and justice and loyalty (blue).

Parshas Bamidbar #12

Let the Flag Wave!

Have you ever gone to a public place where there are flags of many countries fluttering in the breeze? Do you look to see if your nation’s flag is there? And when you do find it, isn’t there a special good feeling that runs down your spine?

What’s the secret of a flag that causes these strong emotions?

Well, flags were originally used by soldiers in battle. From a distance it was often difficult to tell who is who. The flag waving above a group of soldiers let everyone know who they are and whom they represent. It also helped them stay focused and energized. Most importantly, it boosted their morale. A soldier was designated to carry the flag and capturing the enemy flag could be the turning point in winning the war.

Even today, flags represent the pride of a country. It is symbolic of the country’s struggle to earn its freedom.

Indeed, flags are held in such high esteem that if someone desecrates an American flag, they could be fined or sent to jail for up to a year…or both!

Every flag represents something very important and each one is unique, with its own shape, design, and set of colors.

Shazak insight

The Pledge of Allegiance

A flag is not just a piece of cloth. It represents the pride of a country.

Take the United States for example. Every day, millions of school children across the country begin their school day with the Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under G-d, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

BTW: In 1948 Louis Albert Bowman, a lawyer from Chicago, Illinois, was the first to initiate the addition of “under G-d” to the pledge. (So it all starts from Chicago, just like Shazak!). So this Pledge of Allegiance is sort of the world’s daily “Modeh Ani prayer,” recognizing HaShem, the Grand Creator, at the start of the day.