You bet I'm
a flag waver
One of the most recognizable symbols in the world is the United States flag. It has come a long way since the Continental Congress passed the Flag Act in 1777. Over the past 235 years, the American flag has existed as a constant symbol of America ideals and values. From atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima, to the porches of veterans, to draping the casket of one who paid the ultimate price, the American flag has seen its share of locations and heard the numerous battle cries of service members. While the American flag may be a piece of cloth to some countries, to every American it serves as a testament to our resilience and fortitude.
Service members continue to uphold their commitment to our country and their dedication to the very values the American flag was designed to embody. It captures the essence of what our young men and women are fighting for: the right for people to choose their own path, free from oppression. I hope this Nov. 11, Veterans Day, we all have a chance to glance at our proud national symbol and remember the sacrifices of the men and women who fought and died under the American flag.
You bet I'm a flag waver. When I place my right hand over my heart as that glorious American flag passes by, I feel very near to God. And that's a pretty good place to be in these troubled times. Try it Nov. 10, 11 a.m. at the Veterans' Day parade.

Jess Ornelas