I want to tell you about the “My Story, Our Flag” project, where you can submit what the colors red, white and blue mean to you on facebook. And, your story may be chosen to be physically woven into an enormous physical flag that will be unveiled at Bryant Park in New York City on the 3rd of July! To give you some inspiration, here is the story that I am submitting and hopefully will be included in the actual flag!
I am an African-American woman with roots both here in the US and in Africa. For me, the red in the flag symbolizes my Native American ancestors, the first inhabitants of this great nation. The white is representative of the cotton picked by my African ancestors who were brought to this nation as slaves but with blood, sweat and tears preservered. When freed, they made opportunities for themselves in education, business, sports, entertainment and overcame where others may not have. The blue represents the sacrifices my family members made to represent the US in war. Both of my grandfathers served in WWII, my maternal grandmother was a “Rosie Riveter,” and my uncle received a purple heart in the Vietnam a . I am proud to call myself an American. My ancestors paved the way for me and I am living testimony that not only can hardships be overcome but you can exceed your wildest expectations!
I hope my story has provided you with some inspiration to write about the colors of our flag. You can submit your story by visiting the facebook page and perhaps you will see it unfurled at Bryant Park on the 3rd of July!
Disclosure: I am a Tide P&G Gold Medal Blogger and am receiving compensation for my participation in the program.