It is with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I pen this article. I am a Viet Nam veteran and proud of it.
As I drive around this great country of ours, I look at the American Flags that are flying. I should be proud, but I am not. It saddens me to see my flag flying, all torn and tattered. I see them shredded, wrapped around flag poles, and stuck on split rail fence posts. It is disgraceful to wear them as clothes, dew rags, or use them as tablecloths and curtains.
I feel this is a slap in the face to myself and every other living veteran and to all of those who gave their lives. We fought to keep those colors flying high and proud. Our forefathers would turn over in their graves if they could see the way people today treat the Red, White and Blue.
It is not only private citizens. It is small and large companies - even our own VA building - the one place the flag should be kept fresh and flying proudly. This is not the way to honor our veterans, to honor the soldiers who lost their lives or who are disabled, MIAs or POWs.
Recently, I went to a VA out-patient clinic. I looked up at the flag and tears came to my eyes. The flag was all torn and hanging in big long strips. It was not a flag, but a red, white and blue rag, flying for all veterans to see as we walk into the clinic.
Our flag is supposed to be a symbol of freedom, to be flown proudly. If your flag is damaged in any way, please replace it or take it down.
Remember one thing: Freedom is not free. Veterans fought to keep our country free.
God Bless America, keep our flag flying high and proud.