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The University Record

of the

University of Florida

Flag Presentation Address

Ed. R, Bentley
Commander American Legion
Department of Florida

University Auditorium
University of Florida
November 11, 1930

Vol. XXVI, Series I, No. 1, Extra No. 2, January 20, 1931

Entered in the post office in Gainesville, Florida, as second class matter,
under Act of Congress, August 24, 1912


NOVEMBER 11, 1930

9N behalf of the American Legion, Department of Florida, I have the
honor to present to the University of Florida these two flags: one, the
flag of the Commonwealth of Florida, a state glorious in tradition and
unique in its history, living successively under five national flags, admitted to
the union in 1845 and having since that time answered every call for patriotic
service to the nation, a state, which out of its bounty and in its wisdom, has
created this great university for the proper training of its sons and daughters;
the other, the flag of the United States of America, the flag of all the people
of all the States, the flag that has led our people in war and inspired them
in peace.
In placing these flags here in the University, the men who served their
country in war do so with the hope that their presence will contribute to the
patriotic education for citizenship of the young men and women who may
through the years enjoy its tutelage.

T IS of this American flag 1 desire to speak a little more at length. I
is entirely fitting that on this Armistice Day, twelve years following the
closing of the mightiest struggle ever known in the history of the world,
the men of Florida who followed that flag during those stirring days should
pay tribute to it as they place it in the halls of their university.
A little over one hundred and fifty-three years ago, the Continental Congress
of the United States adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of our
country. At once it became the symbol of our national sovereignLy and the
emblem of the hopes and ambitions of a free people. Thus, the people under
a new government set out on a separate course as a nation with the flag of
a republic over them. No great nation then flew such a flag. The old world
looked on with grave apprehension. But today, only three national flags that
were in existence on June 14th, 1777, remain as national colors.

/ HAT is this flag of ours? What is it that sets it apart from any
other bit of colorful cloth? What is it that gives us a thrill when
we see it waving in the breeze and makes us sand a little more
erect as it passes by? Why is it that men will fight better when following
it, and dying, want it wrapped about their inanimate bodies?
The answer is found in the meaning we have given to it. We love it and
honor it because it is the emblem of our national unity, our power, our tra-
ditions, and our thoughts and purposes as a nation. It can have no character
except that which we give it. Its significance to the peoples of other nations
is also determined by what we are and what we do, and the respect accorded
it by other governments and the citizens thereof will be measured in terms
of our rectitude at home and abroad, and the temper of our service to humanity.


E are not a military people. Even the men who are the nation's
former soldiers are not militaristic; notwithstanding, they firmly be-
lieve in adequate preparedness for our national defense. Yet we must
concede that our flag in its significance is largely the product of war. It is in
war that our patriotic fervor reaches its highest pitch. Historians tell us that
this nation has engaged in one hundred five military campaigns or wars. Sure
it is that our flag has led us in half a score of major wars. Out of these
conflicts has come much of the spirit of our flag, which is in truth and fact
tile spirit of America. It is the spirit which rode with Paul Revere that night
as he galloped through the country-side to call the Colonial patriots to arms in
resistance to a hateful king who sought unjustly to impose taxation without
representation. It is the spirit that resounded with the crack of the rifle at
Lexington and Concord, the shot of the minuteman heard around the world;
it is the spirit of the men of 1812 who resisted the doctrine of unlawful search
and seizure and made the high seas free for our people and the commerce of
the world; it is the spirit written in living words in 1776 when we declared
to the world that we believed "that all men are created equal, that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these
are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights,
governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the
consent of the governed."
The flag represents to us the very essence of the Constitution of the United
States, the fundamental law of the land, in the declaratory section or preamble
of which it was declared: "We, the people of the United States, in order to
form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, pro-
vide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the
blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish
this Constitution for the United States of America."

g T IS the spirit of the men who fought in the war between the States to
preserve the union and save the integrity of the Constitution, plus the
valor and sincerity of the Southern soldier, who having surrendered, has
kept faith to the utmost. It was that spirit of union and brotherhood that
prompted General Grant to refuse the proffered sword of General Lee at Appo-
mattox. It is the spirit which took us to Cuba and the Philippines, not to fight
a war of aggression or for selfish gain, but to fight to free a weaker people from
their Spanish oppressors. If a nation ever was compensated for a service,
America has been for the Spanish-American War. The next morning after
we declared war on the Imperial German Government, grateful little Cuba
stepped to the side of Uncle Sam and said, "Me too." We have never fought
a war for conquest or for selfish purposes, and may we never stain the folds
of that flag by doing so. Then in 1917 and 1918, the Spirit of America lived
with the flag as it called the boys from the east, the west, the north and the
south, and led them 3,000 miles across the seas to fight for justice, freedom,
and democracy. It is the spirit which inspired our khaki clad lads at Verdun,
on the Marne, at Chateau Thierry and in Balleau Woods, and it breathed the


Spirit of America when we fed the women and children of little Belgium. and
went with us into the Far and Near East to take food to thousands of starv-
ing people whom we did not know.
We are proud of the things we have done as a nation to give character to
our flag and win for it the respect of the whole world; but great and imperish-
able as are the deeds of the past, we are unworthy of our traditions as a
people unless we have our faces turned towards the morning and not the night;
unless we are resolute that in the future that flag shall remain unsullied. We
are alike the makers and keepers of the flag and accountable at the bar of
history for its standing.

g T IS no less the flag of peace than it is of war. Our people hope that it
shall not again be called upon to lead men in battle; that some way
will be found, either through a League of Nations, World Court, Dis-
armament Agreements, or a World Federation, whereby wars can be outlawed
and the nations of the world live together in peace; but should another war
ever be forced upon us, let it not find us unprepared to protect that flag and
all it means to us. Largely through the work of the men who served in this
last war, an effort is now being made to make it possible, should this nation
ever again engage in armed conflict, that instead of only drafting the flower
of the manhood of the country to face the shot and shell of the enemy, ihe
money and material resources of the country can he drafted equally and along
with the man power. Most wars have been fought for economic reasons; then
why should not the economic forces fight alongside our soldiers? Our flag
stands for justice and equality, and why should some go on the battlefield
and face death for a dollar a day while others work in the shipyards in safety
at $15 per day and others stay home and profiteer and become millionaires
over night? In our development and progress this injustice must be righted.

C(Q)E must not forget that out of some of our wars there are those who
were left disabled. They and their families are suffering because
these men gave in service to their flag everything that a man hopes
to be to himself and to his government. For them there has been no armistice,
no peace, and there will be no peace for them until the great Captain of the
Universe calls them to his eternal peace. For them the war has been all of
the days and all of the nights. As we look upon the flag, let us resolve that a
grateful government will see that these disabled men have at least a degree of
comfort in their remaining days. We cannot do otherwise.
We must not forget that this is the flag of the poor as well as of the rich.
It belongs no less to the lonely farmer out yonder trying to wrest a meagre
living from the soil than to the captain of industry. It belongs to the toiling
miner in the bowels of the earth and to the laborer in the money marts of
our great cities. It belongs to the boy and girl in the factory no less than
to the jurist on the bench. It is the flag of the women of this country, who
through their quiet fortitude have always kept the home fires burning. To
the immigrant it is a star of hope and freedom from fear and oppression. To


the boy and girl in our schools it is the promise of equal opportunity and a
fair chance in the battle of life. It is the flag of all who work and labor for
the glory of our country.

HE gentle breezes with lingering caress, kiss the folds of no flag
which can compare with it in beauty. There is no such red in bud-
ding rose, in falling leaf or sparkling wine; no such white in April
blossom, in crescent moon or mountain snow; no such bWue in woman's eye,
in ocean's depth or heaven's dome; and no such pageantry of clustering s'ars
and streaming light in all the spectrum of the sea and sky."

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