After the 10th anniversary 9-11 ceremony in New York last September, the blogs and net went wild wondering if Michelle “lady Deficit” Obama actually said, “ All this for a flag,” during the folding of the flag that survived the attack on the World Trade Center. I’ll let you decide that for yourself, I’m not going to get into that debate, for now.
I’m one of those Americans who proudly, cheerfully and some would say, “blindly cling” to my “God, Bible, Flag and guns”. Yes, I added Flag, because the Flag of the United States “Ain’t no rag” as some would have us believe, it is the symbol of the greatest country in the world, and deserves the respect of all Americans.
Needless to say, maybe I’m a little biased, actually a whole lot biased, having lost family and friends who died defending it. Then, of course, there is myself, who served fourteen years in the Marine Corps.
Yes, I still get a chill when I see “Old Glory” waving in the breeze. Yes I still get a chill when I see the Flag passing by in a parade. The same chill I got every time I returned from a long overseas deployment, coming off the plane, looking out and seeing the American Flag flying high, just waiting there to greet me and my comrades, as I quietly rendered a personal salute, I knew I was safe at home once again.
To all who chose to disrespect our flag, Michelle Obama, Bill Ayres, Occupy Wall Street crowd and others who I would call traitors, have you ever stopped to think about the thousands of Marines who died on a small island in the Pacific called Iwo Jima just to raise the “piece of cloth” that you seem to be so willing to disrespect? How about the Northern troops who died at Gettysburg, and other battles of the Civil War, to ensure that our great nation remained ONE great nation.
Do you “so called” Americans who feel that the despicable act of burning or otherwise defacing the flag is free speech ever stop to think of the farmers, businessmen, just plain folks who gave up their peaceful, quiet life to go off to fight for that “piece of cloth” and the principle for which it stands, just so that you and others could have the right to destroy that very symbol?
Yes, I cling to the Flag and yes, the greater the ceremony that honors our flag the better. “It ain’t no rag, it’s my flag” and if you chose to burn it, please wrap yourself in it and I’ll supply the gasoline and the match.
Old Marine (@OldMarine1)