The flags that have flown along Commerce Avenue in Front Royal at the site of the flea market have come down like the leaves from the trees.

Most of them were the Stars and Stripes of the American flag.

One flag however was worthy of note.

Half of the flag was of the Stars and Stripes while the other half was the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy. The combination of these two symbols is an effort to rewrite history and have it both ways.

Children who went to school today said the "Pledge of Allegiance," which proclaims, "One nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all." Are there those who continue to pledge allegiance to the flag of the Confederacy? If so, how can we at the same time declare our nation indivisible?

When we sing the "The Star-Spangled Banner," we proudly state "that our flag was still there." The song we sing is not an anthem to the Confederacy.

Perhaps those who made the two-sided flag wished to say that the symbols of the unity of our nation is equal to a flag of rebellion.

Do they think that the Confederacy is America? If so, they ignore the fact that the Confederacy did not promise "liberty and justice for all." In fact, quite the opposite.

The American flag is a symbol of our aspirations as a republic. It implies that we are a work in progress. Our deed has not yet fulfilled our creed.

To achieve a more perfect union, we first need to agree that union is necessary. We don't need divided flags.

Tom Howarth, Front Royal