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What The Flag Means To Me – Our COO’s Perspective

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June 29, 2021 4:54:00 AM PDT June 29, 2021 4:54:00 AM PDTth, June 29, 2021 4:54:00 AM PDT

Written by Stephen Hathaway, the COO of Carrot-Top Industries, Inc. Stephen shares what the U.S. flag and being an American means to him. You may submit your favorite American flag display photos and stories to qualify to win a flag set in June 2021 at: /one-country-one-flag


The flag has evolved as our country has grown, from a small circle of stars to a large field of 50 stars; it can adapt and increase its breadth in pursuit of a more perfect union. While the appearance can change and even the fabric itself can vary, the ideals for which it stands have always been a constant. To me the flag is a beacon and a symbol for freedom, opportunity, duty and hope. The flag is the representation of us as a people, the people of the United States.


When people see our American flag, they conjure certain images of America and of our nation. These perceptions differ over time as our country evolves, how we act as individuals, as citizens and not just as one government. In many respects, the flag is our history, our ambassador and our greatest treasure.


For me, the flag represents the good of America, the belief that we can continue to grow as a nation and as people. We can push forward to achieve truth, justice and the pursuit of happiness for all. Our flag is also a symbol to honor all those who have fought or given their lives to defend these principles, to defend us, to defend America and preserve our right to pursue our dreams.


It is with great pride that I am part of an organization that allows me to embrace the flag, honor so many who have stood and boldly fought for the flag and to help ensure that star-spangled banner yet wave.