Pride, passion, protest: What does our nation’s flag mean to you?

Jon Thompson raises and lowers the 20-by-30-foot U.S. flag five times a week atop the… (weather permitting). It’s one of the most prominent flags on the Seattle skyline. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)
Jon Thompson raises and lowers the 20-by-30-foot U.S. flag five times a week atop the 56-story Two Union Square building. It's one of the most prominent flags on the Seattle skyline. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)

The flag points the way to who we are, even as it complicates what it means to feel for one’s country. The U.S. flag is America’s symbol, but it’s also a cipher, layered with meanings and messages.

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