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Shirts' corner: symbol of freedom, hope

By Master Sgt. Jason Taitano | Air Education and Training Command | July 16, 2014


A symbol of our nation's strength and unity, the American flag is a representation of inspiration and pride for the men and women of our armed forces. 


Often referred to as the Stars and Stripes, the flag is one of the most enduring and sacred symbols of our great nation. It represents the history of the U.S. through its construct and through its colors speaks to the principles that guide us as we support and defend our country. From the thirteen stripes representing the original 13 colonies, to the 50 stars which cover the 50 states of the Union, the American Flag exemplifies a history of greatness. 


The colors of the flag embody a certain importance behind a military member's commitment to his or her country. Red symbolizes valor and hardiness, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice. All of these are values help mold our nation's war fighter and dedication to service with the possibility of the ultimate sacrifice.


Always give the American flag the utmost respect. Apply proper military bearing and always offer the appropriate customs and courtesies supporting this great symbol of our nation.


May we never forget the sacrifice that brave men and women make for our country and how the American flag symbolizes the freedom for which they so valiantly fight.