O'Er The Land of The Free

A decision upholding the right to burn the flag is the best reason not to

The American flag, that most inspiring of the nation's icons, has come to symbolize a great deal in its 212 years. It celebrates the country's history, its freedoms, and the battles fought to secure those freedoms. It embodies, often in an intensely emotional way, the love and loyalty most Americans feel for their country. It stands for the unity of one nation and for the individual rights of each citizen. And now, because of a landmark ruling by a deeply divided Supreme Court, the American flag represents a land where people have the right to burn the American flag.

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