Waiving The Flag of Freedom
Original post made by James Lewis, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Oct 7, 2007
Many, many cities throughout the Bay Area, the State of California and across the Country proudly display a MUNICIPAL flag. Over many centuries, the flag has represented many things to citizens across their lands.
Is it time for the City of Menlo Park to consider a "flag"? Could a contest be established for citizens and others to SUBMIT their ideas, recommendations and suggestions? Is the time now and the place here?
I shall defer this important decision to the citizens of Menlo Park along with the City Council's collective good judgement. However, please keep in mind while making this decision, that a flag may go a long wyas in building CIVIC PRIDE and fostering a dynamic, viable COMMUNITY. Flags can make a difference. The question is, will a flag in Menlo Park make a difference for you and for your fellow citizens?
It may seem appropriate at this time to restate some thoughts about BETSY ROSS, as follows:
"While Americans recognize and celebrate collective achievements such as the writing of the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, victory in the REVOLUTIONAL WAR, or the landing of a man ON THE MOON, it is the individual accomplishments that is cherished by many people. The "stars" of the aforementiond events, such as THOMAS JEFFERSON, GEORGE WASHINGTON AND NEIL ARMSTRONG -- outshine the collective constellation. One person's contribution C A N define the course and meaning of history.
Betsy Ross sewed the first American Flag. When we view the flag, we think of LIBERTY, FREEDOM, PRIDE AND BETSY ROSS. The American flag flies proudly on the MOON, sits atop MOUNT EVEREST, and is hurtling out in SPACE. The flag is how America signs her NAME.
It is no surprise that Betsy Ross has become one of the most cherished figures of AMERICAN HISTORY."
Food for thought......
James Lewis, a Palo Alto resident, but nearly a
37 year CITIZEN OF MENLO PARK.