Memorial Day and the American Flag

 

…to honor the memories of those in the United States military who have paid the ultimate price for the principles of liberty and freedom under which the United States of America was established.

Memorial Day and the American flag is how we recognize that someone’s son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother, brother or sister died for their commitment to and respect for this country and its people – regardless of the color of their skin.

Airmen, Marines , Sailors and Soldiers have served with honor and dignity not seeking wealth, not seeking to sell the country’s resources to the highest bidder, not for their own self-aggrandizement, vainglory or popularity…

These servicemen and women served to protect and maintain God and country which made America Great!

These servicemen and women have honored the American flag because it’s the ultimate show of unity; it represents the American people – white,
black, red or yellow! “Greater Love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

Photo by Cal Engel on Unsplash

It’s disheartening to me when an American identifies herself by the color
of her skin and not simply as American.

Now, if you’re not American, of course you’re going to identify yourself
as something other than American.

It’s bad enough that race and ethnicity questions are everywhere; on loan
applications, school applications, job applications, you get the
picture.

Oh you say, that’s just to make sure that no one gets discriminated! I
say hogwash, but that’s an entirely separate issue which is not the
subject matter of this particular blog!

On May 27, 1971, in a speech designating the last Monday of the month of
May as Memorial Day, former President Richard Nixon, stated:

“We cannot dismiss with easy platitudes the debt which the deaths of our
countrymen lays upon us. And while the declaration of noble
sentiments, the placing of flowers and the shedding of tears of
remembrance can pay deserved tribute to their sacrifices, these by
themselves cannot redeem those sacrifices. So let us bear witness to
the plain truth that we can only insure that our soldiers and sailors
and marines and airmen have not died in vain by resolving,
as citizens of the land for which they died, that we shall not ourselves
live in vain.”
[emphasis added]

(Source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=107048)

We honor our fallen heroes when we recognize that true freedom of speech
is the right to agree to disagree or dissent, without tearing down or
destroying the country and ultimately one another.

Let’s honor the memories of our fallen heroes by allowing for the peaceful
transition of power without obstruction without delay.

Those who have unselfishly given their life for our country have left
behind parents, children, wives, family. We honor these heroes
memories. And, we also honor their families, we feel their pain for
the loss of their loved one.

We say thank you to the families.

We pray for the eternal rest and peace of all of our fallen military men
and women, they are true heroes!

As President Nixon said, we should not “…live in vain.”

It is up to us who remain to take care of our veterans, our military, our country, our homeless, our unemployed, our seniors, our infirmed first because if we don’t no one else is going to and if we can’t take care of
ourselves, how can we possibly help those in other countries?

We honor and thank all those on active duty in the U.S. military and our veterans…God Bless You All!

Let’s be thankful for calling the USA our home and as President Donald Trump says, let’s make America great again!!

May 28, 2018, is Memorial Day when we fly our flag half-staff all day.

I remember the first time a police officer came knocking at our door…

 

We lived in an old house and we didn’t have a doorbell…but there was something about the knocking at our door… I was a skinny little girl… I ran and without thinking I swung the door open…a tall, stocky, police officer with a smile on his face said something I didn’t quite hear…

The voices coming from his radio were loud and intimidating …

Photo by Johan Bos from PexelsMy guess is he was probably in his mid to late 20s, early 30s…

At the time however, I thought he was OLD! (Actually, everyone looked old to me then.)

My dad came to the door, my mom followed…

My brother Chuck was 16, had successfully completed driver’s ed and now had his driver’s permit. He was very happy!

Chuck was a typical teenager, happy-go-lucky, no worries, with a bit on the wild side (in a good way of course) and he had lots and lots of friends!

Seemed like ALL the other kids loved him, and he got along with everyone.

Photo by Martin Pechy from PexelsYeah, the “sanguine” personality type is what they call it in psychology, I guess.

My parents had just brought home a brand new Grand Torino with a black leather top and dark green body. My dad actually drove the car right out of the showroom.

Chuck and I sat in the backseat. The new car smell was everywhere and I love it!

All my life, I’d never ridden in a NEW car before…so there was something blissful about this!

As far as I can remember, my dad had an old Chevrolet Impala since the day he was born.
Source: Pexel

The seats were red leather.

It had seat belts that you could strap around your waist…but we never used them and I didn’t realize why they were even there.

The Chevy was constantly breaking down in traffic.

The others on the road, well let’s just say they were less than understanding.

But the cops were civil and helpful… I think they felt sorry for us because the car would end up getting towed.

Anyway, we never saw Chuck sneak out of the house that day and we weren’t aware that he had taken the new Torino.

“…you were speeding, you ran the red light, you had the radio on full blast and you had all your buddies piled up in there hanging out the windows!” is what the cop said…

Chuck got an earful from the officer…warning him about what would happen if he did that again.

I felt bad for Chuck, but…

Like I said, my brother was a bit on the wild side, but he did respect authority and his elders.  He was a good kid!

All that Chuck said that day was, “I’m sorry.”

Although my mom freaked out and said something like, “OMG, you could’ve gotten into an accident, what were you thinking?”

They thanked the officer for bringing Chuck and the car safely back home ALL in one piece… I think even I realized that the officer had possibly averted a disaster.

I’m sure that there are probably many similar stories of police officers…

quietly saving the day, doing a kindness. But, you won’t hear about this from the mainstream media because it’s not sensational enough and doesn’t advance the narrative.

I believe that most cops are honest and do their job in a respectable and disciplined manner.

Many really do care and selfishly give of themselves to improve the lives of others around them on a daily basis. And I think we all know an upstanding and honorable officer or two that we respect.

I’m not saying that they’re perfect and I don’t expect them to be perfect. Because NO ONE IS PERFECT.

Yet, some should have never become police officers to begin with…they are the ones that have done wrong and are guilty of malfeasance.

However, to condemn an entire body for the acts of less than a handful does nothing to improve the relationship between the police and the public.

Most importantly, condemning an entire police force does not diminish the tragic insensible killings or deaths of approximately 44 police officers thus far this year…

These fallen officers are White, Black and Hispanic, they are Americans.
Source: Pexel

My point is that we should respect and honor each and every American police officer who has paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect.

Every single time an American police officer is killed in the line of duty, the citizenry looses…

Every single time an officer is killed whether on or off duty, that is one less hero fighting for order and safety…

Perhaps schools and universities need to teach RESPECT for police, respect for our military, respect for our President, respect for the USA, respect for one another because until then, I fear that humanity will continue to spiral out of control, descending into savagery.
Photo by Brett Sayles from Pexels

We respect our country and each other, when we fly the stars and stripes and stand for the national anthem…

May 15, 2018, is National Police Officer Memorial day, let’s show respect and honor for our fallen police officers.

Hmm…the “coexist” bumper sticker – right there in front of me!

They pop up everywhere. The VW Bug was completely covered with “coexist” bumper stickers from one end to the next. I thought it looked hideous! It hurt my eyes, and I wouldn’t want to drive something like that…

How many bumper stickers does it take to cover a Bug? I don’t know…my guess is there were about a hundred “coexist” stickers on that car…yes really, after the 10th sticker I stopped counting…

Just then…

traffic started moving again.

The little Bug peeled to the left.

I didn’t bother to see who was driving…it was irrelevant to me. After all, this is the USA and you and I have the privilege of driving the car of our choice – (as long as we’re not in violation of the law, of course – e.g., driving recklessly, drunk driving, not having a driver’s license or worst no car insurance).

I went my way and headed North…

That “coexist” bumper sticker kept circling my thoughts…

I don’t care for its message. It’s disingenuous, artificial and some would even say blasphemous to have symbols of Judaism, Christianity and Islam together as if singing “Kumbaya.”

I think somewhere there is a school of thought that, if you try to mix water and oil, you can’t drink it because its got oil in it, and you can’t cook with it because its got water…

The next day, I saw a guy standing at a corner…

holding a sign that said, “Jesus loves you.” It wasn’t a professional sign, it looked like he just took a magic marker and wrote on cardboard.

Someone in a car shouted the “F” word, gave him the finger and drove away.

The guy with the Jesus sign wasn’t harassing anyone. He wasn’t obstructing or impeding traffic. And no, he wasn’t begging, either.

He was just quietly standing there in a little circle of the corner holding his sign.

Maybe you’re thinking he should not have been there to begin with?

I was concerned that perhaps someone from the “View” would crawl out of nowhere and shout it’s “mental illness!”

And the “coexist” bumper sticker from the day before? It flashed quickly before my eyes, and…

I asked myself, when did nastiness, hatred, incivility and bitterness become the norm?

It’s everywhere…

And maybe it started on a school playground…or maybe it started in Hollywood…or perhaps it all started in politics when Cain killed his brother Abel because God loved Abel’s sacrifice better than Cain’s.

But today, we’re supposed to be better than then…it’s the 21st century…we’re supposed to be…

sophisticated, educated and morally superior perhaps? We’re adults, we don’t have to like each other to coexist and be civil to one another, we don’t even have to agree 100% of the time. Right?

As Americans of all skin tones, shapes and sizes, we notice that nowhere else has the nastiness, hatred, incivility and bitterness become more evident than in the most recent state of politics in our country.

Consider:

In 2016, Hillary Clinton labeled the American people, “deplorables” and further stated:

“…some of those folks they are irredeemable but thankfully they are not America.” [emphasis added] (Source: www.nraila.org/articles/20160916/hillary-clinton-labels-americans-deplorable-and-irredeemable).

Wow…not even God Himself has ever uttered such mendacity upon humanity.

And in 2008, Barack Obama made the statement: “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion…” [emphasis added] (Source: www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/).

That? Well? Suffice it to say, you can draw your own conclusion.

Thank God that the U.S. Constitution, guarantees Americans, our First and Second Amendment rights which shall not be infringed!

Therefore, let’s proudly wave the American flag, for freedom, for the rule of law, for our military, for all those who have come before us and sacrificed to make this country great…

God bless the USA and God bless President Trump!