Tales from the Utah Valley: The American Flag Can Be a Symbol for Us All | News, Sports, Jobs

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Big Betsy, a giant American flag, waves in the breeze after being unfurled with the help of community members and follow the flag Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Grove Creek Canyon in Pleasant Grove.

Flag season—that time of year when we see the United States flag in parades and displayed throughout the wave of patriotic holidays—may soon be coming to an end, but the love and respect for the flag continue.

Each year, the giant flag flying above Grove Creek Canyon in Pleasant Grove during the first week of July draws ever-increasing crowds. Even with the problems facing the United States – or perhaps because of these problems, the flag is a beacon of unity, strength, perseverance and hope.

That giant flag – Lady Liberty – has been retired for a few weeks now, but its predecessor, Big Betsy, has been making appearances at parades this summer. The two giant flags, which are displayed thanks to the organization Follow the Flag, inspired those in Utah and outside.

Hundreds of people, not just locals, make the trip to see the flag flying majestically above the Grove Creek trail. Some sit down and stay for a while. Some walk below. Others go up every night it’s there. Photographers take pictures. Hikers are taking selfies with the flag in the background and we see them all over social media.

Comments on the Facebook Follow the Flag page illustrate the feelings of people around Big Betsy and Lady Liberty. “My grandfather Rob always told me that the flag was the most beautiful thing his eyes could see! Wish he was here to see this amazing display,” one comment read.

“We are traveling from the wild Wild West, aka Sanpete! We adore everything this flag represents and everything that has been sacrificed for it,” and “Never get tired of this beautiful view,” reads another comment.

For many of us, the flag symbolizes freedom, history and hope. Others may see it differently. Immigrants to the United States may see it as a symbol of new life, new possibilities. For others, it can symbolize the opportunity to make changes and improve ourselves and our country. Others see it as a symbol of the sacrifices made.

Whatever it symbolizes to you, one thing is certain. The flag can be a symbol for all of us.


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