HONOR OUR HEROES PROGRAM
2021 Veterans Grand Marshals
World War II Veteran, U.S. Air Force
Chan was a bombardier on a B-24 bomber in the European conflict. His plane was called the “Hula Honey.” He flew 35 sorties over Nazi Germany. He was born in San Francisco but spent most of his life in Tucson. His wife of almost 70 years recently passed away in March. He now resides with his son’s family in Mesa. Chan is a proud veteran of a war long ago. While he seldom speaks of specifics, he shares stories of being on the plane and his responsibilities. As an Asian American, he is proud to serve his country while representing his heritage.
Peyton Pierce – 12th Grade Winner, Higley High School
Teacher- David Vaughn
The American Flag is as intriguing as our nation it helped create. The beginnings of the American Flag tell a tale of a craving for representation and sovereignty. The Flag was made as an influential symbol of freedom from Britain in the Revolutionary War and continues to encourage American citizens to fight for autonomy if ever threatened. The American Flag has generated songs, survived wars, and progressed into a version of America we worked hard to create. We will talk about what the Flag means and how it influences people with our Founding Father’s decision to make a battle flag representing the new America they were making.
Not only does America’s actions illustrate the meaning of the Flag, but the colors depicted on the Flag explicitly define the ideals behind America’s culture. While the American Flag has had over 27 modifications since 1777 as America grew its territory, the colors have stayed the same as a definite resemblance of freedom. The Basic White represents purity and innocence from other countries. The Old Glory Blue characterizes justice for all Americans, as well as vigilance and perseverance to remind citizens to stay strong and watchful of threats. And finally, the Old Glory Red distinguishes America’s courage in battle and our soldiers’ extraordinary ability to persevere through hardships for the liberty of our country.
The fundamental idea of America freeing itself from the injustice of threats continues to evolve and mold itself into the values of American society today. As implied in a paragraph earlier, the Flag’s coloring is important to grasp the impact fully the Flag has on public image and how it got us there. The American Flag is known worldwide and has even made national coverage on the moon five times and growing. As much as the Flag makes the people, the people make the Flag with their actions to withhold the integrity and standards of the founding fathers and their vision for America. National morality, government stability, and citizen involvement are all encompassed by the American Flag. The Flag ignites a passion for building a better America.
While the Founding Fathers were unsure of the role of government, the structure within, and the most efficient way to guide the country, they were certain in their demand for liberty. With this in mind, America is to be forever in a state of progression to defend freedom and security for its citizens. No one is better at setting goals for greatness than America, and America set its first goal of excellence with the unifying marker of this Flag. With our consistent theme of America displayed in schools, in front of homes, and in military events, no one can forget the ambitions American citizens have. The American Flag promotes a vision for America and creates a culture of patriotism which serves as an impenetrable shield against threats and a motivator for those fighting for our ways of life