Demonstrate all you want, but please, don’t mess with our flag. So many have fought and died to guarantee you that right.
As a small child, I didn’t have a father for almost three years when he was sent to the Pacific during World War II. Two uncles were gone for four years in Europe, the youngest in the D-Day invasion, not seeing his newborn son until he was 4 years old. There were about 14 million others like them.
They were fighting so we wouldn’t have to live under a flag with a swastika or rising sun on it, so please don’t mess with our flag.
My older sister chose to follow in my father’s footsteps and became career Army and served a year in Vietnam; my new husband served two years in Navy during end of Korean War and remained another 25 years in Reserves. My son served 26 years in the Air Force.
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I’ve lived two years in occupied Germany and, later, two years in Japan as a new bride while my husband served his tour there at ending of Korean War.
Our country isn’t perfect, but it is good, and believe me I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I get a lump in my throat whenever I see Old Glory flying in the breeze. So, please, find some other way to demonstrate or protest, just don’t mess with our flag.
God bless America.
Diane R. Benedict, Boise