Quotes of the Day for 14 September 2000 – Flags
On the morning of 14 September 1814, Francis Scott Key looked across Baltimore harbor as the US flag was run up the pole after 25 hours of cannon and rocket fire, the flag was still there, the fort had not surrendered. He penned a poem he called "The Battle of Fort McHenry," we know it as "The Star-Spangled Banner." Here is my selection from searching the database.
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
- Winston Churchill
There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
- Arthur C. Clarke
Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow — red, yellow, brown, black, and white — and we're all precious in God's sight.
- Jesse Louis Jackson
This is the flag of the future, but it does not dishonor the past.
- Lester Bowles Pearson, on his country's new Maple Leaf flag
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