I am so thankful to be a citizen of this great United States of America. While our country is far from perfect, we have been a bastion of freedom, prosperity and hope in a world full of struggle. I love our flag with its red and white stripes and fifty little stars on a field of blue in one corner. Each time I see it, I feel a wave of patriotism at what it stands for and how thankful I am to be part of it.
This grouping of flags was on display in front of the capital in Sacramento, California during a special tribute at the California Peace Officers' Memorial. The flags stood crisply at attention as those officers who'd been slain, as well as those who still faithfully risk their lives to protect others, were honored.
Our American flag is often used at times when people are being honored - from those quiet, somber moments at a graveside when a folded flag is offered to the family in honor of a loved one, to those exciting, happy times just before a baseball game when the Star Spangled Banner is sung and thousands of attendees gaze at our beautiful flag snapping in the breeze.
Happy Birthday to our beloved country -- the home of the brave and the land of the free! God bless America!