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The Flag of Our Country

By Charles Sumner

There is the national flag. He must be cold indeed who can look upon its folds, rippling in the breeze, without pride of country. If he be in a foreign land, the flag is companionship and country itself, with all its endearments. Its highest beauty is in what it symbolizes. It is because it represents all, that all gaze at it with delight and reverence.

It is a piece of bunting lifted in the air; but it speaks sublimely, and every part has a voice. Its stripes of alternate red and white proclaim the original union of thirteen states to maintain the Declaration of Independence. Its stars of white on a field of blue proclaim that union of states constituting our national constellation, which receives a new star with every new state. The two together signify union past and present.

The very colors have a language which was officially recognized by our fathers. White is for purity, red for valor, blue for justice; and all together, bunting, stripes, stars, and colors, blazing in the sky, make the flag of our country to be cherished by all our hearts, to be upheld by all our hands.

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Biography

Charles Sumner (1811-1874), an American statesman and orator, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He became United States senator in 1851. "The Flag of Our Country" is taken from an address delivered in 1867 at Cooper Institute in New York.

Discussion

  1. Each paragraph in this selection has a separate
    message. Does the first paragraph fit America only, or could an Englishman say the same thing about his national flag, and a Frenchman of his? What then is the thing that any flag represents to the citizen of the country to which he belongs?
  2. What facts peculiar to America does the second paragraph give you?
  3. How many stripes has the flag?
  4. How many stars were in the first American flag? How many are there now?
  5. What is meant by "union past and present"?
  6. "White is for purity"--in what way does this express the ideals of the founders of our country?
  7. Do you know the rules for the raising and lowering of the flag?
  8. Find the meaning of: rippling; reverence; bunting; proclaim; original; maintain; constituting; valor; cherished.
  9. Pronounce: symbolizes; sublimely; alternate; constellation.

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he must be cold, national constellation, all its endearments, signify union, speaks sublimely, officially recognized, every part has a voice, blazing in the sky.

 

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