Henry Ward Beecher: "If one asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him: It means all that the Constitution of our people, organizing for justice, for liberty and for happiness, meant. Our Flag carries American ideas, American history and American feelings. This American flag was the safeguard of liberty. It was an ordinance of liberty by the people, for the people. That it meant, that it means, and, by the blessing of God, that it shall mean to the end of time."
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