We’ve all seen the photo of three New York City firefighters raising the American flag at the World Trade Center, following the September 11 attacks. This iconic moment has been compared to the photo of the six marines raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Since the revolution, the flag is intertwined with our rich history. Our flag represents our freedom and liberty and encapsulates the true meaning of being an American. It has been with us through our nation’s battles, trials and tribulations, but also in the moments of our greatest joys and triumphs.
From the time we begin elementary school, we pledged our allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
After 911 when our nation was attacked on our domestic soil, the American flag was seen in every county in America. We even wore it proudly on our clothes.
The flag is a symbol of our greatness and our ability to rise above all challenges. We came together as one community, united in every way.
Today, though, we face a common challenge, the likes of which we have never witnessed.
As I look outside, we don’t see our flags raised like we did following 9/11.
We enter this challenge as these divided, not united, states. We have been engaged in petty tribalism and are polarized in so many unnecessary ways. Every social safety net flaw, crack, has overnight become a chasm. It doesn’t matter if you subscribe to the notion that we need to Make America Great Again or that we need to Keep America Great, we see the country through two very different lenses.
Yes, we have an important election looming, but the fact is that very few of us care about the latest developments in the 2020 election. And, the sooner our leaders, candidates and the media realize that fact, the better off we will all be.