Our flag has no cross, no crescent moon, no star of David, no sword, nor chakra wheel. Our flag, a “work in progress” throughout our history, only has its original 13 stripes and now 50 stars. Our flag represents a land of religious freedom. It represents a country which has been, and still is, a magnet for immigrants, many of whom flee countries without tolerance toward other faiths. A flag officer, Coast Guard Rear Adm. William D. Lee, spoke at a National Day of Prayer event on May 2. More recently he stated, “I’ll go to the mat on defense, if required to, in order to fight for the religious freedoms we have under the Constitution.”
Our national hymn, “God of Our Fathers,” is played at every presidential inauguration. As a veteran, its third stanza is especially meaningful to me: “From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence, be Thy strong arm, our ever sure defense. Thy true religion in our hearts increase; Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.”
Nate LaMar serves as West Point recruiter for east-central and southeastern Indiana, and is president of Henry County Council.