Beginning on Monday, November 4, the Cameron University campus in Lawton will display more than 7,000 American flags, each signifying a life lost in recent conflicts. The flags should be in place by approximately 3 p.m. Community members from throughout southwest Oklahoma are invited to campus to view the flags, which will be on display through Veterans Day on Monday, November 11.
“The American flag is one of the most powerful symbols of our country,” says Dr. John McArthur, Cameron University president. “To see more than 7,000 of them is a breath-taking sight, while the recognition of what they represent is sobering. We encourage community members to visit our Lawton campus to honor the patriotism and service of our fallen soldiers.”
The meaning of the colors of the American flag - red, white and blue - has its roots in heraldry. White signifies purity and innocence; red, hardness and valor; and blue, vigilance, perseverance and justice. When proclaiming 1986 as the Year of the Flag, then-President Ronald Reagan said, “The colors of our flag signify the qualities of the human spirit we Americans cherish. Red for courage and readiness to sacrifice; white for pure intentions and high ideals; and blue for vigilance and justice.”
For Americans from all walks of life, the U.S. flag represents the freedoms that the country was founded on: freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion.
The CU tradition of displaying American flags on Veterans Day began in 2011. Each year, student volunteers place the flags across campus.