Veterans, like myself, are encouraged by people who fly the stars and stripes. It lets everyone know you understand the price of freedom. And yes, it isn't a cliche. FREEDOM has come at a high cost. The U.S. flag is much more than a piece of cloth to me and to many Americans.
According to internet scholars:
In May of 1861, at the beginning of the American Civil War, an Army Colonel was assassinated during the Union army takeover of Alexandria, Virginia. At an Inn located in Alexandria, called the "Marshall House," Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth was shot to death by the inn keeper after he removed a Confederate flag from the roof of the hotel. The innkeeper had raised the rebel flag over the hotel, which was at a prominent location visible from the White House.
Colonel Ellsworth was a popular figure of the time, highly prominent officer of the Union Army and a close friend of President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln called him "the greatest little man I ever met", and his body lay in state at the White House after his death. Following his death, "Remember Ellsworth" would become a Union rallying cry. He is considered to be the first conspicuous casualty and the first Union officer killed in battle during the Civil War, and his death became a "cause célèbre" for the Union.
I will feature flag stories like this in what I call "Saturday Flogging [I mean Blogging] with Sandbox!"
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