I’m a flag guy. Medieval banners hit some powerful aesthetic buttons with me. The sight of the flags of all nations flying outside the United Nations is just plain impressive. The regimental standards of Union regiments symbolize the noble cause for which they fought, the end of slavery and the preservation of the Union.
You may have noticed that there are few good flags nowadays. However, there’s one you might not have seen, but which symbolizes where we are as a country.
It’s the flag that the US Army gives soldiers returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The motto sums up where we are as a country. We honor the soldiers who have placed themselves in mortal peril on our behalf. We embrace them as fellow citizens given harrowing responsibilities, not hapless employees of a military bureaucracy. We understand their warrior ethos, which finds the proper balance of violence and restraint needed to execute the missions we collectively assign to them.
If I had any influence—and believe me, despite the blogging, I know I have practically none—I’d encourage people to start flying this flag outside their homes. Recognize what American soldiers have tried to accomplish, with the mission handed to them, and remind the rest of us that we’re responsible, as citizens, for bringing them home if the mission no longer makes any sense.
Flag stores sell this particular banner, by the way. I’m just saying.