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Last weekend we showed respect for those that had lost there lives fighting in wars for the freedom that we have in this Counrty. We also honored those that have served their Counrty in all branches of the service and are no longer with us. There were flags along streets and new flags by the graves of veterans in cemetery after cemetery. Memorial services were held every where.
It is too bad that the flag of our country does not get the same respect that our fallen service members got last week. As many of us departed the memorial services on our way home or to other places we passed places where our flag was flown in disrespect. They were worn, discolored, ripped and some touching the ground. Flags that are unserviceable should be retired with respect. American Legion Posts will have a dignified disposal of unserviceable flags ceremony.
Another thing you will see at times a business that has a number of flag poles that are the same height. In this case the American Flag should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed. Also when the flag is displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall or on a house, the union should be uppermost and to the flags own right, that is, to the observers left as looking at it.
On Friday, June 14, is Flag Day. We can show as much respect for our flag, as we did for our fallen on Memorial Day, by replacing unserviceable flags and flying the new flags in the proper way.
Patriotism and country:
I believe those that put themselves in harms way for this great country, their families, and all the people in this nation deserve our deepest and undying gratitude. I want to be sure to recognize every day as a day of gratitude to those that served, both living and deceased. I also want to acknowledge the sacrifice that parents, spouses and children endured as a part of the soldier, sailor, airman, and marines commitment to serve.
When I think about honoring our service men for the many conflicts this nation has engaged in, patriotism seems to have special meaning to me.
Patriotism is defined as a love for or devotion to ones country. Not blind love and devotion but devotion to a set of fundamental values for both individuals of this country and the population as a whole. Our ability to feel and model compassion and loving respect for each others humanity is part of that love and devotion in a practical way. In the Declaration of Independence, it is written that all men are created equal and have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The definition raises the question of the meaning of country. Is it a territory measured in square miles that we fight for like we did in the Indian Wars in the 1800s? I believe it means much more than that. Is it about a society as it is and to be preserved as the Confederacy did in an effort to ensure the enslavement and exploitation of an entire group of people? I believe this cannot be it since this is inconsistent with human growth, and a wider compassion and respect for all our fellow men.
We need to remember that the men who died for this country were Christian and non-Christian, gay and straight, all ethnic and racial groups, and speakers of many languages. That leaves us with the love and devotion for what this country can become and has yet to achieve. Our military men and women allow this country to become a more perfect union for all its citizens. We have come a long way from the company stores and segregation of the 1900s and many would say including me that we have a ways to go.
Since each religion feels that their belief is the moral high ground, each social class and racial group has a history that supports fear and suspicion of all others, the practical application of the values of this country lead to the necessity of laws that balance the extent of individual freedom and the freedom of others including those you will never meet. Clearly, patriotism means respecting the freedoms that lead to life, liberty and happiness in a safe environment for the nation both for the individual and each group for individuals in a delicate balance. This can lead to many other areas. Hence, we have the right to be unconventional, crazy according to someones definition, or rebellious as long as it does not unnecessarily impinge on the freedom of another group or another individual.
So to me an American patriot is a person who is devoted to this country to the extent of being willing to sacrifice for this country whatever is needed and being asked for within the framework of the balance noted above respecting both the individual and the many groups that form this nation. I believe each of us can be patriots to our country by respecting all of its peoples, religions, and beliefs that make up America in the days to come.
Letter to the Editor:
We want to say a special Thank You to two very nice young men who helped us out with our car trouble on May 22. We were on our way home when our car over heated. Nathan stopped and gave me a ride into Crivitz to get antifreeze and back. He waited until we could start the car. We drove into Crivitz to get more antifreeze.
I went to the Crivitz Auto Body and there the second young gentleman helped also. He gave us his phone number and said if we had any more trouble he would come and help us.
Up North people are great!
Frank and Nadine Coons, Manitowoc
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