To Retire An American Flag

I was so busy today, I almost forgot what day it was..September 11th…a day not easily forgotten…. leading up to today, it was lingering in my mind.. the memory of September 11th… memories so vivid, my heart still aches, tears still fill my eyes. .. we must never forget.

…..but today much like most of my days, I was taken up in all I had to do. I got up early, something I do not like doing on any day but particularly on a Saturday. Lately though, I have been getting up early even with going to bed extra late (or should I say not going to bed until almost morning.). I am working on several things behind the scenes before the school semester officially begins for me…

This morning I got up with the intention of getting what I needed to get done before my daughter, Sierra, queen’s event. She and her sister queens were asked by their pageant directors to attend an event. This would be their first official event since being crowned queens exactly a week ago.

I did not know much about this event, other than it was a flag retirement. .. Sierra and I got to the event and we both saw a teacher there that we know. He explained to me that at this flag retirement they will be burning flags.. burning flags! I was astonished. He must have seen the look on my face, he quickly explained, American flags burned in a protest is illegal. However, when American flags that are being retired because they are old and worn are burned in a ceremony, like the one we were at, it was not illegal to burn them. .. ahh… interesting, I thought…

So, on September 11th, Sierra and her sister queens helped to burn retired American flags.

It was a new and interesting experience for me. There were different community members there, including members of the high school’s ROTC. They are America, filled with diversity, can you see?

They proudly held the American flag high.

The new Zion queens got to experience this together…. Their Miss Zion, Jennesa, is at University and had to miss out on this event… but the three of them stood tall on September 11th..

with the American Flag flying high behind them.. it is a clear reminder of many things.. .. one being, the spirit of Americans still stand…

In the midst of it all the Scottish pipe is heard .. … for me, signifying something even more profound..

The American Flag still stands tall on September 11th with diversity in its midst..

It is my prayer that America as a nation will move beyond the hate of September 11th… and get to a place of fully embracing the land of the FREE for all… and the home of the BRAVE for all… LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all….. we must never forget those who died… how we choose to remember them and how to continue to respond to the why is up to us…. hate for hate is never the way.. May the American flag fly high with love for all people. …

By Cynthia Lincke

I'm WOMAN: christian, wife, mother, licensed clinical social worker, educator, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, aspired entrepreneur philanthropist, I have the unique task of looking through various lenses, affording me numerous experiences, through these various positions.

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