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Happy Flag Day!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

What’s the point of Flag Day? In National Review, Amy and Leon Kass consider the meaning of the preeminent symbol of our nation and how its unusual design befits the unusual nation it flies over. “Paradoxically, it is precisely the universality of American principles and ideals — and the heterogeneity of the American people — that makes respect for the flag so necessary and desirable,” the Kasses write. “The universal philosophical principles can command the assent of the mind. But they cannot by themselves attach the loyalties of the heart. For that we need symbols and songs, stories and speeches.”

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