I have a hard time reconciling this: I tell my kids they have freedom of speech (so they burn the flag), but also tell them of the importance of our military protecting our flag (and for everything it symbolizes about our country). The two are diametrically opposed. It's more than just a flag. It's the symbol of who we are as a country. If you desecrate that, then maybe you'd be better in a different country with people more likeminded.