What made the United States a wonderful country to live in, among other factors, was the acceptance of individual differences. To a significant degree an individual could choose what to do with his/her life as long as no one else was harmed by those actions. It appears that, as a nation, we may be rapidly departing from those principles. Thanksgiving is an appropriate time to remind ourselves about the values we all together share.
For me, it is the representation of the American flag in the landscape that serves as a reminder of individuality as well as unity. Below are some landscape records I came across while traveling across the United States; they illustrate this very aspect of the American life.
I took these photos in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Virginia, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, and Missouri.
[For more about this aspect of cultural landscape in a larger context see my scholarly article Flagscapes in the American Heartland (2008)]