Essay On Flag Desecration

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Flag Desecration
Every day in the United States service men and women put their lives on the line for freedom. These freedoms are granted to citizens by the U.S. government. One of these freedoms is the freedom of speech. One action that should not be protected by the government is the freedom of flag desecration. Mark Brummitt, a thirteen year Army veteran protested a flag burning ceremony in Brooklyn, New York. Brummitt pledged, “I will stay here until this is all over,” he said. “All throughout history flags have represented the battlefield. And it was around the flag that everybody came together. At the end of the battle, there was one flag left standing.” (Darcy par. 3) Brummitt treated this ceremony as a battle and he would be the one flying the American flag once the smoke clears.
Flag desecration and flag burning should not be protected by freedom of speech. The American flag is a National symbol and should not be infringed upon. Desecrating the American flag desecrates the hearts of past and present, men and women who have served for the United States of America. Flag desecration is an act of violence, not expression.
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One may need to take a history class or do some research to realize that gaining the independence of the United States of America was not easy and many sacrifices were made. The American flag displays these sacrifices made in every stitch. The flag is full of history and tells a story of the country. The fifty, white, five-pointed stars represents the fifty states of the country. The thirteen red and white bars represent the thirteen original colonies. "The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice."( Streufert par.
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