I pledge allegiance...
We pledge allegiance to our flag at every lodge meeting. We say, and have said, these words since we were children.
What goes through our minds when we repeat the words of the pledge? Of what do we think? Do our thoughts reflect the meaning of our flag and the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice to protect our freedom and the freedom of so many in this world?
Perhaps a way to memorialize those who made that sacrifice would be to, while saying the pledge, remember to give thanks for every man and woman who died in the defense of our nation and for the principle of freedom of all nations, beginning with the fight for this nation's independence, through all of its conflicts. Remembering also, those unsung and unknown persons whose names are represented by a star at Washington's Central Intelligence Agency along with those who served, at great peril and providing information necessary to advance security and the missions so diligently fought in defense of our interests.
Engaging these thoughts will enshrine the memory of these valiant defenders of democracy and our way of life.
Just a few thoughts, brothers.