The American flag Kate Sorrentino proudly flies outside her home wasn’t something she purchased online. It came with a certificate and a history that made Sorrentino proud to be an American.
“A friend of mind who was a contractor in Afghanistan had the flag flown in dedication of my classroom, at the time I was a teacher for students with autism at Seven Oaks Elementary school. The flag was flown in dedication of my classroom and it was flown on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.”
Sorrentino said she displays the flag on Memorial Day through Veterans Day. For the rest of the year she keeps it safely inside her home. Every time she walked by it she knew exactly where it was flown for the first time and what the means for the women and men fighting overseas in the war on terror.
“It represents the fact that I'm able to do whatever I want to do because I live in a free country, because people have sacrificed their lives for my freedom,” Sorrentino said.
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs 651,031 soldiers have died fighting for our freedom from 1775-1991. The statistics for casualties during the Global War on Terror can be found here.
Sorrentino said she doesn't want the flag returned, she wants whoever took it to respect it.
“Whoever has that flag, I just ask one thing, fly it on Flag Day and be proud.”
Flag Day is June 14th.