"We've been told that no one burns the flag anymore. We've been told it needs no protection, that its place in the hearts and minds of the American people is secure, that the sentiment it has long evoked, the bonds among us that it has long affirmed, are deep-rooted in our shared culture," notes Mr. Parker. "But symbols can be redefined. Cultural values can disintegrate. Sometimes it happens so slowly as to be almost unnoticeable. Sometimes, though, it happens quite suddenly. Suddenly, one feels homesick at home. Yet those are the times when our people — rising above a multitude of differences — can be shocked into action, to resist what we see happening, to defend values that bind us together, despite everything. This is such a time."