Monday, January 12, 2009
Today I attended the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers meeting. We learned today that when Utah finally became a state, the residents held a huge celebration. A giant flag was hand made and hung from the ceiling of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. A star was sewn on to represent Utah's admission to the states. A light was placed carefully above so that when it shown, it lighted up the new star on the flag. Later, this same flag was hung from the side of the Salt Lake temple. It took 5 women 7 days, working 8 hours a day, to sew the flag.
We heard another story about a flag that was brought across the plains by some of the pioneers. Although they had few other posessions, they valued the American flag and lovingly brought one with them.
I wish that more people in our country today understood flag etiquette and how to show proper respect for the flag. Most people don't know that they should stand with their hand over their heart when the flag is passing by. Those in uniform may salute. Men not in uniform should remove their hats. When the national anthem is sung, people should also hold their hands over their hearts.
I think the symbolism of holding the hand over the heart is very touching. We do this to symbolize the love that we have for that thing. We hold that thing dear. Our forefathers understood the price of liberty, and showed proper respect for this country and it's flag. I hope that all of us in this generation can show equal respect for this nation and those who founded it.