I believe in Freedom.
A Flag is a piece of fabric.
Certainly, it is a symbol. However, it is a valid means of expression to burn a flag in my opinion.
Would I do it? Right now. No.
Can I see a point in time when I would burn that Flag. Yes.
And I have served in the military and as a civilian in a war zone for America.
I also know that around the world and, yes, in America, some [many] see it as a symbol of oppression.
That Flag also flew over Slavery, Jim Crow, the Vietnam War, the Assassination of MLKJr, Malcolm X and Robert Kennedy among others, lies about 9/11, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Petrol Wars across the Middle East, the Fugitive Slave Act, overbearing Christianity, American Exceptionalism, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney, LBJ and RMK, Police Militarization, Police Brutality, the War on Drugs, the hostile annexation of Hawaii, J. Edgar Hoover, FDR & Japanese internment, genocide of the American Indian (or whatever PC name you wish to label them) and many, many other crimes against humanity.
Not everyone has the same world view.
I may think that other world views are ridiculously idiotic and I may agree with those world views. With Liberty and Freedom comes the responsibility to tolerate and/or accept other views.
I understand completely how some can see the American Flag as a symbol of something other than Freedom, Loyalty and Peace.
Odd that you mention the deaths of soldiers. Many soldiers, especially Vietnam era, were sent on fool’s errands and criminal enterprises under that Flag and died for no good reason…and our Flag flew over that as well.