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To be perfectly honest, until about 10-minutes ago I hadn't at all realized that American flags were reversed on military patches. I'd imagine I wasn't the only person unaware of this fact, otherwise Business Insider wouldn't have felt as compelled to offer an explanation.
Tim Marshall, the author of Worth Dying for: The Power and Politics of Flags details the reasoning behind this patriotic custom in the video below. Take a look—
Pretty darn powerful, huh? I myself felt my heart swell just a wee bit with pride at —"Just as the US flag dips to no man or king and you will see even at the Olympic ceremonies, the American flag is the only one that doesn't dip to the head of state of the host country. Because, it's not a mark of disrespect to them, it's a mark of respect to the American flag. And they take it so seriously that it must always face forward."
Given the current cultural climate of this fine nation of ours, it's been a pretty long time since I've felt proud. I mean, that's not to say I don't always appreciate those who fight for my freedom, because I do! It's just easy to lose sight of that when you're being distracted by other hateful, moronic, orange forces.
So, with The Fourth of July being right around the corner, remind yourself of what's most important and recognize that while you may not be thrilled (putting it gently) with the status of The United States that you can at the very least respect those who risk their lives to protect it.