By Gary Hibbs
It’s hard to believe…we are almost at “halftime” for the year of 2018! Time flies faster every year; how we spend it becomes more precious, doesn’t it? One of the wonderful and important traditions here at Riderwood is taking the (well spent!) time to celebrate Flag Day and all that it means. We will do it again on June 14, 10:00 a.m. at the Village Square flagpoles.
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx recently said, “The American flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom and democracy in the world.” Although our country isn’t perfect, I think this statement is true, and I am proud to be an American.
I also like what Adrian Cronauer said about the flag. He’s the former United States Air Force sergeant and radio personality whose experiences as an innovative disc jockey in Vietnam inspired the 1987 film “Good Morning, Vietnam.” He said, “Our flag is not just one of many political points of view. Rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity.”
How we need unity today! The public discourse has been really rough, even dehumanizing, in our American family of late, hasn’t it? Like any family, we’ve had deep schisms and come through them stronger. I have high hopes that we can and will do it again. It starts with each one of us. It will take realizing that each individual is of inestimable value, no matter their background or opinion. It will take civil discourse, restraining from vilifying those with whom we disagree and using dehumanizing language to describe them. One of my favorite authors and speakers is Brené Brown. She says this in her latest book, Braving the Wilderness: “When we use dehumanizing language, it says much more about us than the people that we’re railing against, and… it chips away at our soul.”
Here at Riderwood, let’s not lose our soul. We can individually and collectively make a statement in the way we “do community.” Flag Day is a part of that, and I hope you’ll be there.