"I Am Their Flag" is a poem written by Michael Bradley. It is recited here by H.K. Edgerton.
The Confederate battle flag did not stand for a government. It is a symbol of soldiers and civilians, white and black, men and women, elderly and children, who stood defiant against invasion at the hands of a foreign state. It is a symbol of common shared history, heritage, suffering, and the aspiration of for freedom, for independence from a domineering and aggressive federal government.
Like any symbol, it is abused and misused by people all across the political spectrum for their own agendas. But this is what the flag means to those descendants who today see past all the self-serving rhetoric of politicians and their gullible acolytes from the fringes of the left and the right. This is what the battle flag means to those, like Mr. Edgerton, whose ancestors defended their families and homes from aggression - a struggle that goes on in every time and in every place around the world.
We will not be bullied or intimidated by cowards and quislings (regardless of their political views) who don't get it and who never will.
God bless H.K. Edgerton, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and all other historical organizations dedicated to the memory of those who sacrificed, fought, and in hundreds of thousands of cases, died for independence during the Southern national period and in all other epochs of human history when brave men and women said "no" to tyranny.
The "you lost get over it" attitude of ignorant mockery displayed by many today is yet another example of the slide of our culture into barbarism, where "winning" is more important than honor. What a slap in the faces of, say, the more than 58,000 Americans who perished in the lost cause of the Vietnam War to imply that they should not be remembered or honored because "they lost." The Confederate battle flag stands defiant also against such cultural shallowness and outright hatred of anyone who wishes to be left alone. It is a symbol that is as relevant today as it was when our great-great-grandparents first unfurled it. It is the property of all Americans, and indeed of all people around the world, who refuse to bow before the idol of Caesar.