The barn and the flag are American icons. They are as American as apple pie and vanilla ice cream or lemonade stands in the summer. Our national history is an intricate tapestry of opportunity and determination interwoven with freedom and fraught with imperfections. But these symbols—the barn and the flag—represent the best of our American values. They inspire a sense of pride in who we are.
A barn is an American tradition. It harkens back to a time of self-reliance and independence. It reminds us that, even as times change, we are and have always been a nation of growers, of builders, and of do-ers. We are tied to the land and its legacy. Barns are a cornerstone in American folklore. They represent our willingness to work hard and to create a nation of plenty.
The flag is a symbol of America itself. Old Glory’s thirteen stripes remind us where we have been and that freedom and liberty have always animated our spirits. Its fifty stars represent who we are now: a collection of states. States made stronger and whole by their union just as any constellation of stars in the night sky. The colors—red for valor, white for purity, blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice—are a relentless hope for the future. Our flag symbolizes our highest ideals. We will rally around it. We will not be deterred. And, we will not yield.
The barn and the flag represent us. This is why we believe so many people who live in barns or Barndominiums choose to prominently display a large American flag. So, if you live in a barn (or want to), be it made of modern metal or tried and true wood, we invite you to hang a flag on your home, too. Display a flag for our unwavering optimism. Show a flag for our unfettered pride. Hang a flag for our strength of will. Fly a flag… for the best of our American values.
And we encourage you to remember that boom or bust, rain or shine, hell or high water, there is more that unites us than divides us. Be kind to your neighbor. Celebrate the freedoms you both have in this uniquely wonderful country of ours.