Burning American flag disrespects men and women who have sacrificed for it

By Mackenzie Michael

The American Flag has a different meaning to everyone. But does that mean to go to the extreme and burn the flag? The flag that shows all our sacrifices, justices and is part of what makes America great? Many people today just don’t understand the sacrifice that our flag stands for from all those brave men and women who fought to preserve our way of life and freedom. But at times, our freedom can really be taken for granted and misused because nowadays people think they can do whatever they want and have whatever they want whenever they want it.

The American flag should not be burned because it is the symbol for our country’s freedom and all of the brave sacrifices made to preserve our country’s freedom.

According to a google source, “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 and valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”

This is what our flag stands for and much more. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, President-elect Donald Trump proposed the idea of, “possible jail time or loss of citizenship — for burning the American flag, in spite of two U.S. Supreme Court rulings that protect the act under the First Amendment as a form of free speech.”

Trump said, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

Now many may see this as an extreme punishment. Even when I read this, it surprised me, but when you really think about it, that flag is a symbol about how millions of men and women sacrificed their lives to preserve our freedom, while thousands of those men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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