As my husband cleaned the garage, he came across a box of items that belonged to his parents. He found the American flag that had been flown over the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C. in honor of his father who enlisted in the Army and fought in WWII.
My husband’s father was a proud red-blooded American through and through. He loved his country! I never heard him complain about paying taxes and he made sure to vote in elections. He felt it was extremely important because so many died for us to have that privilege.
For a thoughtful gift one year, we requested to have a flag flown on his birthday, December 2. The flag was mailed to us in time for Christmas. The flag came with a personalized certificate of recognition and authenticity to reflect the occasion.
I purchased a frame so my father-in-law could display his American flag. He was surprised that it had been flown on his birthday and in his usual unassuming way, humbled to receive it.
Through the Capitol Flag Program, you can purchase an American flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol by going through your U.S. Representative’s office and with advance notice have it flown over the Capitol on a specific date. Flags may be flown for a particular person, event or organization.
Here is the website to order your very own flag. Flags come available in nylon and cotton and in three sizes (3’x 5’ – 4’x 6’ – 5’x 8’) and start at $24.
VETERANS DAY GIFT
I cannot think of a better patriotic way to thank a veteran for his or her service or to commemorate a birthday, retirement, anniversary, or any other special occasion.
My husband’s aging parents moved to a small one-bedroom apartment at a retirement center. They had to give up many of their precious things but his American flag he took with him to their new living quarters because he considered it one of his prize possessions.
He passed away in 2011. My eyes tear up when I think how important that gift was to him.
God bless our veterans and God bless America!
“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.” – The Pledge of Allegiance