For more than 200 years she has flown over many a battlefield in summer's heat and winter's snow, from Gettysburg to Bastogne to Fallujah the wind has whipped her stripes and stars.
And now in our town she is on proud display once again. Her image duplicated thousands of times, nearly 3000 in fact, to honor those who lost their lives in the terror attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon 11 years ago.
It was one of those unique events that causes each of us to remember where we were when we heard the terrible news. Amid all the feeling of that day the flag was also an indelible part of our memory as it still stood - along with our nation.
The flag seemed to say to us that we might have disagreements with each other from time to time, but when tragedy and trouble strike, we come together under her bright white stars.
In the American flag, as a nation and as a people, it seems we have always been able to find not only pride and hope, but comfort and a will to go on.
The flag, the flag, the flag.