Thc FLAG of
The UNITED STATES
Bj LLOYD AMI LEILA WHITNEY
It has been well called the "Flag e.l
Ihe Rainbow, Banner of Stars" because
it has been the symbol of a dynamic
people who pinned their hope on faith,
and hitched their wagon to a star.
But the American Flag is more than
Ibis, for of all the flags since the world
began, there is none so full of meaning
as thc Stars and Stripes. Il embodies ami
enshrines five thousand years of man's
upward struggle for liberty.
ll i- lln- Pilgrims dying in lhat firsl
dreadful winter at Plymouth. It is the
Minute Mem holding bis ground eil Concord and Lexington. Il is Washington
and his army al Valley Forge, sick,
-tan ing. anil freezing in rags. It is
Washington, Jefferson ami Franklin at
Philadelphia in their common desire to
Promote and protect tin' welfare of every
man. ll is John Marshall laboring n-
Chief Justice to establish this government of laws. It is Abraham Lincoln
wooding over a broken and divided
nation, with charity for all.
It is the courage and perseverance of
'he early sillier, who, with only his bare
hands and a few crude tools, hacked his
*ay through the primeval forests of
New England, pioneering his way across
the Alleghenies and Appalachians, into
'he Great Plain, and across the greater
Rockies, until there stood forth a mighty
nation built by personal initiative,—a
oiemllv challenge to the world; a rnonu-
""nl lo what free men can accomplish;
a 'ribute to the American form of government lhal, in its inception, gave first
c°nsideralion to the individuality of
"■an, his hunger feir freedom, his failh
111 himself ami his God, and his desire
'°r the expression of ibis divinely en-
''ACTS FORUM NEWS, September, 1955
Bj BRIG. GEN. BONNER FELLERS, USA., (Retired)
Our Flag, like our religious faith, is something to which we eill turn
in lime' of trouble. Let me give an illustration of whal the Hag means
During the dark days of Bataan, when the surrender of Mac-
Arthur's forces weis imminent, a handful of spirited United States
cavalrymen decided that they would not surrender, ll woulel mean
certain death if they were caught, but somehow they managed te.
escape into the great Zambales mountain range of Luzon, which
parallels the China Sea. There they hid out for three long years.
Loyal Filipinos, at the risk of torture and death, gem- warning when
.laps came near. And what did these cavalrymen take with them into
the Zambales mountain fastness? It was the American Flag the
colors of the 26th Cavalry.
On sunshiny days when the mountain passes were clear of the'
enemy, these American patriots unfurled their emblem of freedom
into lhe breeze, and they lay there by the hour feasting on its glory.
While- Manila was being liberated, these lads made their wa)
through the battlelines and proudly presented their honored flag to
General MacArthur. Throughout the Japanese occupation, lhe colors
of lhe 2(itb Cavalry had never been hauled down.
1 should like lo heen some of our promiscuous internationalists tell
these hard-bitten cavalrymen not to wave the Stars and Stripes!
Shortl) after japan's surrender, the writer, together with less
lliem a dozen officers ami a small color guard, slooel at the' Ameri-
i-ein Embassy in Tokyo anel General MacArthur, visibly moved,
ordered the' Star- ami Stripes raised over lhe Embassy. It was the
inil of a long ami frustrating ami heartbreaking and bloody trail.
And as our beautiful flag unfurled in the blue over Tokyo, emotion
shook every one of us to the marrow of bis bones.
I tell you our Hag does have' ei meaning. And if it ever loses its
meaning, it will not only be- the end of freedom in America, it will
be the end of freedom everywhere