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2012 'What The Flag Means' To Me winners

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Following is a list of the 2012 'What The Flag Means To Me' winners. For details on how to submit your entry, click here.

  • May 28 - Kate Shrewsbury, Lashmeet: As a Wife to my Husband and Mother to our two sons who have each served this Great Country in which we live, the flag holds a special meaning to me.  My heart has beamed with Pride for the Red, White and Blue, as I have witnessed my Husband and Son's each stand at attention, hands raised to their brow in salute to our United States Flag.  With my own hand placed over my heart, tears of joy, have ran down my face.  I Proudly say, "God Bless America!  And God Bless our Son's and Daughter's who have served and also to those who serve today. Our Freedom Paid, as Our Flag Still Stands Strong Today.  Those who selflessly serve our Nation,  is What The Flag Means to me.
  • May 29 - Jan D. Tanner, Richlands:  The flag is a reminder that I too have a duty. A duty to pray for those that are in harms way and their families. A duty to pray for the families that suffers the loss of one who died that we might have freedom.  It also reminds me to look for ways that I may help a veteran that might need help. It reminds me that our soldiers do not  always get the respect that they deserve. We should always be willing to do what we can to support our soldiers.
  • May 30 - Carol Harrison, Bandy: When I hear the sound of the American flag waving in a breeze, it reminds me of America's freedom, of the Constitution and of the cries of our soldiers in wars past; their cries of victory and their cries of pain, because this is how our freedom was won. It reminds me of our freedom, as a nation and of the price of that freedom.  This is what the flag means to me.
  • May 31 - Mercer School third-graders, Princeton: "The Blue means bravery. Red means perseverance and white means innocence. I love our flag because of it's beautiful colors and because of our freedom. I feel sorry for the other countries that aren't free. I am really glad that we have soldiers that are caring and loving and brave enough to go out there and fight for us." -- Abigail Melton, representing Mercer School 3rd Graders
  • June 1 - Samantha Walker: As an American, I find myself a very fortunate individual. To live in a country that fights to defend our freedoms and our rights, but much more then that, our Protection.  We live in a country where men and women serve and protect. Our Soldiers, Our Police Force, Our National Guard, the list goes on and on.  To all who do their part, to keep our country a Free and Happy place to live, Thank You.   This is What the Flag means to me.  God Bless America!
  • June 4 - Leeann O'Quinn, Rock: THAT "BEAUTIFUL FLAG OF RED, WHITE AND BLUE ARE THE COLORS OF OUR FREEDOM. THEY ARE THE COLORS OF PEACE, FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, HATE, BATTLES WON, BATTLES LOST.  I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG BECAUSE IT DESERVES RESPECT FOR ALL THE MEMORIES THROUGH TIME IT HOLDS UNDER ITS WINGS AND BECAUSE IT IS THE BACKBONE TO OUR AMERICA...LAND OF THE FREE, HOME OF THE BRAVE."
  • June 5 - Sue Davis, Squire: "TO ME, THE FLAG MEANS FREEDOM, LIBERTY AND LOYALTY TO OUR COUNTRY. IT MEANS STRENGTH AND JUSTICE. THE FLAG IS PROTECTION FROM EVIL. IT'S A FREEDOM TO BUILD A BETTER LIFE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.  MANY AMERICANS HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE TO ENSURE OUR COUNTRY'S EXISTENCE. THE FLAG IS GIVEN TO THE FAMILY OF THE FALLEN AS A REMINDER OF THEIR SON'S OR DAUGHTER'S SACRIFICE AND AS A PROMISE THAT THEIR SACRIFICE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN OR IN VAIN. "
  • June 6 - Karen Crigger, Bluefield, Va: While Betsy Ross sit sewing the flag I wonder if she ever thought what it would come to mean to so many people, or that it would be a symbol of freedom recognized by the entire world;  That it would become an inspiration for our soldiers who carried it with them into battle; That it would drape the coffins of our soldiers  who gave their lives to defend our country and our flag; I wonder if she felt the same pride I feel when I see the flag gently billowing in the breeze, and if she did, I know what the flag meant to her, because it means the same to me.
  • June 7 - Emily Ratliff, Rocky Gap, Va:  "THE FLAG MEANS THAT WE ARE FREE AND WE HAVE INDEPENDENCE. IT ALSO MEANS THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF.  ALSO, WHEN I SEE THE FLAG, I THINK OF THE SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT IN THE WAR SO THAT WE COULD BE FREE HERE TODAY.
  • June 8 - Barbara Sims, Lindside: I HAVE WORKED IN A NURSING HOME FOR 20 YEARS AND ONE OF MY DUTIES IN THE MORNING IS TO RAISE THE AMERICAN FLAG. I AM HUMBLED WITH THIS DUTY AS I THINK OF ALL THE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED AND ARE NOW SERVING THEIR COUNTRY INCLUDING MY FATHER WHO SERVED IN THE U-S NAVY IN WORLD WAR II, HIS YOUNGEST BROTHER WHO SERVED IN THE U-S ARMY IN PEACE TIME AND HIS YOUNGEST BROTHER WHO SERVED IN THE U-S AIR FORCE DURING THE KOREAN WAR. THIS IS WHAT THE FLAG MEANS TO ME; LOVE OF COUNTRY, TO PROTECT AND KEEP AMERICA FROM HARM, IT MEANS FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND THE SECURITY OF LIVING IN PEACE KNOWING THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ARE PROTECTING ALL THAT THE FLAG STANDS FOR. IT TRULY MEANS THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE."
  • June 11- Hal Brainerd, North Tazewell, Va.: "SEEING OLD GLORY FLYING WITH THE BOLD RED, WHITE AND BLUE REMINDS ME OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO INSURE WE AS A NATION REMAIN FREE, ABLE TO PURSUE OUR DREAMS.  ALTHOUGH FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE, FOR MANY IT COMES AT A TRAGIC PRICE. WHEN WE SEE OUR BEAUTIFUL FLAG FLYING, WE SHOULD GIVE THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE PRESERVED OUR FREEDOM. THE FLAG ALSO REMINDS ME OF MY SON SCOTT WHO RECENTLY RETIRED FROM THE NAVY AFTER 20 YEARS OF SERVICE.  HE MADE ME PROUD, BEING ONE OF THE YOUNGEST NCO'S IN THE NAVY.  HAVING BEEN IN THE ARMY MYSELF AND STATIONED FOR A PORTION OF THE TIME IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IT WOULD BE AN HONOR FOR ME TO PROUDLY FLY A FLAG THAT HAS FLOWN OVER OUR NATION'S CAPITOL."
  • June 12 - Brian Roberts, Bluefield: "The flag is a symbol of pride for me. The flag creates a sense of humility and appreciation for all those that have given and especially for those who have given all in promoting the virtues of what this exceptional country stands for. The red, white, and blue have endured through countless trials and turmoil, but from the beginning the stars and stripes have always come through intact and strong. The flag symbolizes the American spirit and all the promise of the American dream. No matter where I may be, when I look up and see the flag waving I get a sense that things are going to be ok. The flag serves as a uniting force that brings together the great diversity in America that is unique and not found anywhere else."
  • June 13 - Rachel McBride, Slab Fork: I am proudly serving this great nation as the mother of an Army Ranger stationed at an Afghan base. I love these United States of America and all that they stand for. The red, white and blue is a symbol of freedoms that millions in the world can not even imagine, and being a woman makes it even more special. I can vote, worship on Sunday, I got to go to school, I dress the way I want, and get to make my own decisions. I can be the individual God created me to be. Bless all those whose blood was shed on those battlefield that I might have these rights and that Old Glory continues to fly high and show the world that we are still the greatest Nation on this Earth. God Bless our Military and God Bless America.
  • June 14 - Jordan Reed:  I JUST TURNED 11-YEARS-OLD AND EACH TIME I SEE A FLAG I SMILE AND THANK BETSY ROSS FOR HER WORK AND THE LOVE SHE PUT INTO MAKING OUR FLAG. I THINK OF PEACE, THANKFULNESS AND LOVE. MY FAMILY HAS SERVED IN THE U-S ARMY AND MY AUNT IS A CHIEF IN THE NAVY. SHE IS PROUD TO BE SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND I'M PROUD OF HER. GOD BLESS ALL THAT HAVE SERVED AND PROTECTED US ALL.
  • June 15 - Patsy Baldwin: "Every time I look at our beautiful flag, I can see our soldiers fighting so tirelessly defending our country day after day. I see the red for our freedom and as blood that has run so freely. The white as the spirit that our soldiers have given and the blue for the stars that are in their crowns in heaven. Make everyday a red, white and blue day and celebrate the freedom we have come to expect. "Every time I look at our beautiful flag, I can see our soldiers fighting so tirelessly defending our country day after day. I see the red for our freedom and as blood that has run so freely. The white as the spirit that our soldiers have given and the blue for the stars that are in their crowns in heaven. Make everyday a red, white and blue day and celebrate the freedom we have come to expect."
  • June 18 - Lynn Carr, Cool Ridge: I can remember as a child standing in my school classroom, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with my right hand over my heart.  But, it wasn't until I became an adult and was surrounded by so many military men in my life that I really appreciated our American flag and all the sacrifices the flag stands for.  My father was in the Navy during World War II, my husband served in the Army during the Viet Nam Conflict and now my oldest son is living in Washington state, serving in the US Navy.  When you look at "Old Glory", you will see that our flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies and the stars represent our 50 states. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.May this beautiful flag continue to fly over this amazing country, the United States of America.
  • June 19 - Bonnie Ellison, Princeton: When we salute the flag at the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, tears of joy come to my eyes. I am so proud of our flag, the symbol of our country. The flag represents what is good and right in our world. People from all over the world wish to be in America because of the libery their souls yearn for. From the patriot on bunker Hill to the soldier in Afghanistan, I am reminded of the price so many have and are paying to keep us free. The flag reminds me that we are still the last best hope for mankind.
  • June 20 - Julie Brown, Jesse: The flag is more than just a symbol to me. It means courage and bravery. When the flag is ascending, we all gaze up to see the red, white and blue glisten in the calm, blue sky. The flag is more than just three different colors on silky fabric. The flag represents our country. It means peace and innocence. The flag is more than just a flag. It also represents the soldiers who fight both day and night to protect our country. Even though I am just 10, the flag means more than words could ever explain.
  • June 21 - L.M. Ross, Mercer Nursing and Rehab Center: "When I see our flag blowing in the breeze, I think of all the things it stands for. I think of all the wars fought and won, and some that were a no win or lose situation. I think about the freedom that it stands for. It has always been a shining example of what our country stands for...a country where we can speak our minds, worship as we want and live where we want to live. We can achieve anything we want to be...even the president of the United States. Our flag stands for all these things, especially freedom, and as long as its banner yet waves,I will always be proud to be an American and proud of our flag."
  • June 22 - Troy Hall, Beckley: "During the Gulf War, I was an army trainee at Fort Dix, New Jersey. My class had been selected to participate in the Memorial Day Parade taking place in Cherry Hill. It brought great joy having been selected to be a part of such a special event. During that parade route we performed a pass and review of the ceremony stage...a platform that was graced by high-ranking U.S. officials and government leaders. Even in attendance was military elite General Norman Schwarzkopf. After the parade we boarded our bus for our return to base. The ride was quite and tension filled. Not a word was uttered by anyone. Our instructor, Drill Sergeant Bueno, occasionally scanned his trainees, but also remained silent. Upon arrival at our company barracks, he stood. He extended congratulations on a job well done and dismissed us. As he exited the bus he paused and addressed his platoon. "Listen up soldiers," he commanded. "The chills that ran down your spine, the lumps in your throats and tear-swollen eyes...the overwhelming emotion you are experiencing, It's known as pride soldiers, it's known as pride." Joy, honor and an utmost sense of pride...that is what the flag means to me!"
  • June 25 - Teresa Miller, Lerona: Our nation's flag is very special to me. My heart swells with pride when it is waving in the air. Its colors are a message to everyone in the world. It is a light in a dark world beckoning all who seek freedom to come to us. Our flag is a rallying cry to our armed forces; calling men and women to right themselves to its just cause. I have had many family members serve under that flag and have seen it folded in ceremony after covering a veteren's casket. There is no feeling that compares to seeing it folded and then handed off to a grieving daughter with the words, 'On behalf of a grateful country'. It reminds me of the sacrifice given to make those colors ring so true to us. A life lived under that flag with the knowledge of what it takes to live in a country where we are free to worship and live as we choose is an awesome feeling. It makes me want to be a better citizen and to honor that sacrifice always."
  • June 26 - Brooke Bailey, Anawalt: When I was in Pre -K, I recited the Pledge of Allegiance and saw the American Flag, but I did not know what it meant. Now that I am older, saying the Pledge to the Flag makes me proud and thankful for the brave men and women who gave up their lives to make sure our land is free. The American flag means freedom to me; of my own, go to school, pray in public, and to be my own person. The men and woman who are fighting now, I thank you for protecting my freedom and pray for your safe return home. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
  • June 27 - Bernard Meadows, Hinton: It makes me proud to be an American and I think of my family. My great, great, great grandfather Frances Meadows Jr., served in the 10th Virginia Regiment in the Revolutionary War and was a P-O-W in Charleston, south carolina. His grandson my great grand father Huge Meadows was a Civil War solider and capture at the battle of Gauley Bridge and taken to Ohio to a P-O-W camp , where he swore an allegiance to the Union and was released . His grandson,my father,served in the Philippines in the US army in world war two. I serviced in the US Navy from 1962-1968 stationed aboard USS John King DD3 a grided missile destroyer, we were involved in Cuba missile Embargo from Nov.1962-March 1963. I' m a life member V-F-W post 2-6-7-3 in Cody, WY. There were four boys in our family we each spent six years in U.S. Navy. I have two nephews both career US Army Both served in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan, combat solders, one of which received purple hearts. So you ask what the flag mean to me ???? It means pride in country and pride in family. It makes me proud to be an American and I think of my family. My great, great, great grandfather Frances Meadows Jr., served in the 10th Virginia Regiment in the Revolutionary War and was a P-O-W in Charleston, south carolina. His grandson my great grand father Huge Meadows was a Civil War solider and capture at the battle of Gauley Bridge and taken to Ohio to a P-O-W camp , where he swore an allegiance to the Union and was released . His grandson,my father,served in the Philippines in the US army in world war two. I serviced in the US Navy from 1962-1968 stationed aboard USS John King DD3 a grided missile destroyer, we were involved in Cuba missile Embargo from Nov.1962-March 1963. I' m a life member V-F-W post 2-6-7-3 in Cody, WY. There were four boys in our family we each spent six years in U.S. Navy. I have two nephews both career US Army Both served in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan, combat solders, one of which received purple hearts. So you ask what the flag mean to me ???? It means pride in country and pride in family.
  • June 28 - Ryan Wade, Tazewell: Growing up in a household with a veteran, I learned at an early age to take pride in the Red, White, and Blue stars and stripes that represent the men and women who have fought day in and day out to see that we have the freedoms that we do. Now that I have a family of my own, I proudly display a flag outside of my house. I do so in honor of our troops, because no one deserves more honor and respect than those who defend old glory. Whether it be a flag draped over a heroes coffin or one flying high up a pole, the flag means freedom, honor, and pride and is the symbol of this great country. Thank you to everyone who has worn those colors proudly.
  • June 29 - Sissy Sutphin, Peterstown: The United States of America Flag is very sacred to me and my family. My deceased father served in the U.S. Navy for this great country. At a very early age, I was taught to respect the flag. The red stripes stand for the blood that has been shed to defend our country. The white stripes stand for purity and serenity for the free American people. The blue stripes stand for strength and stability, our soldiers, citizens, and the great freedom we embrace. Hail to the U.S. American Flag!
  • July 2 - Lynn Chester, Mullens: The Flag...the Flag, my red, white and blue, I am so proud for all you do. From the moon and back to the U-S-of-A, through battles and parades you stand proudly and wave. The Flag...the Flag, my red, white and blue, I am honored to see you and give thanks for all you do.
  • July 3 - Josephine Cavallo, Gary: On April 3, 1947, I left my home town of Palermo, Sicily to come to America as a War Bride on a Italian boat that took 13 days to reach New York. We had two storms on our way...and a very sea sick girl. My future husband was waiting for me in New York for a trip back to Gary, West Virginia. After five years in America, I applied for citizenship and I became a naturalized American citizen. I was given my first American flag...very small in size...but big in meaning. I'm an American and proud. I did learn the language...a little broken but good. I lost my husband almost three years ago after 62 years of marriage. God bless America."
  • July 4 - Linda Birchfield-Modad, Princeton: The American flag means past life, my life, future life and it means hope. It means that God always had a plan and more plans to come. It means my ancestry, my husband's ancestry, my friends' ancestry and co-existing together. It means my fun without caution, my speech, my accomplishments, and my art. It means being proud, humble, triumphant. It means daydreams and it means dreams.

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