Amid all the baseball, hot dogs and apple pie of Memorial Day weekend, let there be a lot of the red-white-and-blue as well.

Flying Old Glory is a way to recognize the patriots who have gone before us, but it is also recognition of those still in harm’s way. Particularly in Afghanistan, true, but many others in uniform are across the world in association with America’s friends and allies.

And if Old Glory flies over our backyard barbecues, where it flies in many lands, it is not merely symbolic but a sign that the values and interests of the United States are represented by not only the armed forces but our diplomats and the volunteers in nonprofit organizations helping our friends in many ways.

This country stands for something in the world, and our pride in our American system and our gratitude for the sacrifices of the nation’s servants are reflected in the flag every day but particularly on this day.