Universal Symbol of Unity

Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July are a time to celebrate America and inspire patriotism. And while our country is divided over differing ideologies on important issues, there is no better time to reflect on what keeps us united – the purity and iconography of America’s most well-known unifier – the American Flag. From the Sons of Liberty who organized the colonists, to the handful of men who stood their ground that April morning in Lexington, to the millions of veterans that have served our country for the last 250 years, the Flag has been a steady and silent representation of American pride.

Founded to represent newfound unity in 1777, the Flag has become an international symbol of freedom and opportunity – a signifier of American liberty. Its design has evolved with our growing nation to be representative and inclusive. Old Glory’s seven red stripes represent the hardiness and valor of 41 million American soldiers who have defended our country since the Revolutionary War. They are not just a number – they are 41 million individual human beings, brave men and women, who put their personal comforts and loved ones aside to serve America. The six white lines mark the purity of their mission during conflict – to protect our independence. And the stars set in a field of blue stands for the courage and perseverance each soldier needed to fulfill their duty.

The sacrifices they made have shaped American history, and our Flag is a symbol of great honor for their service. These individual men and women, our veterans past and present, are the unifying power behind the American Flag. And because of that, the American Flag silently assumes the power to unite us, both in times of triumph and in turmoil.

In 1898, the Rough Riders raised the Flag to celebrate victory during the Spanish-American War. In 1945, five days into the Battle of Iwo Jima, five Marines and one Navy Pharmacist’s mate raised the flag as a show of bravery and determination. In 1969, when the world was captivated by the first man to walk on the moon, the Flag made her silent statement. And in 2001, in the wake of the worst attack on American soil, New York City’s exhausted and battered first responders raised the American Flag on a smoldering pile of rubble as a sign of resiliency and strength amid tragedy. There are many more poignant times throughout history when Old Glory’s silent symbolism was on display, and there is soon to be one more.

We are not historians or visionaries, we are simply an organization founded by a family of wreath makers from Maine who have dedicated our lives to advancing patriotism and honoring veterans. By equal parts serendipity and perseverance, we founded one of our country’s most well-known nonprofits, Wreaths Across America. And now, we’re planning our next endeavor which, by the grace of God, will deliver Old Glory another important role in keeping America united. 

By now, you may have heard of our plans to build Flagpole of Freedom Park, a destination that we think will become the most patriotic place in the country. We will honor the names of all +/- 24 million veterans since the Revolutionary War on nine miles of Remembrance Walls. The Park is also home to the world’s tallest flagpole with a flag larger than 1.5 football fields. It will stand 1,776 feet tall (not by accident) and will be the last flag our soldiers will see as they are deployed overseas, and the first when they return. The grandeur of this idea is purposeful. The sheer size and magnitude of the project is not to earn boastful bragging rights, but instead to stand as a great symbol of gratitude to our American veterans, past and present, for their service and sacrifice.

The complexities and details required to build Flagpole of Freedom Park are enormous, but the timing is exactly right. The Park will showcase the goodness, fairness and strength of past Americans to the whole world. We can never forget those who served – each had a personality, a reason for serving, and a family they left behind.  

Most of us will agree that our country is indeed divided. And yes, it is our Veterans’ service that has given us the privilege to disagree with our government, our legislators, and even our neighbor’s views on politics, education and religion. Which is precisely why now is a critical moment to remember that first and foremost, we are all simply Americans, and that the history and patriotism that embodies our American Flag is something we should preserve without controversy.

God Bless America.

Flagpole of Freedom Park Team