There are several things about the flag business I enjoy, but one stands above the rest. When I introduce myself to people and tell them what I do, they smile. Not that big toothy grin you sometimes see, but a gentle smile where the ends of the lips turn up.
In sales for many years, I haven’t always gotten such a reaction. Many time people weren’t as happy to see me, but out of necessity utilized my products.
Flags are different. Most people have a positive response with positive images coming to mind.
We are introduced to the U.S. flag in grade school (sometimes before) and hearing the stories about it, pride builds inside for this symbol we hold dear.
Take this example from the first stanza of our Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key;
Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight.
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Pay close attention to the fifth and sixth lines—that our flag survived this major attack and was still flying was a tremendous victory. What a great story to remember when thinking about the flag. Later in the poem, Key mentions first light and the confusion surrounding what was happening. It’s a real history lesson all its own. In fact, I included the entire text for the Star Spangled Banner with another article. Read it though and tell me it doesn’t make you smile.