Sacred Veterans’ Day

by bauer on November 11, 2019

I rarely stood for the Pledge of Allegiance in High School. Luckily even in 1970’s Lancaster PA, my homeroom teachers never overtly hassled me over it. Being force to swear fealty abrogates that fealty. Wearing articles of clothing imprinted with the American Flag is not just jingoistic, it’s strictly against Title 4, Chapter 1, Article 8: Respect for the Flag. I am as appalled at that as I was the use of a genuine American Flag as tablecloth for a Fourth of July store picnic display. And last night, I was pretty miffed at the NFL’s Salute to Service opening for Sunday Night Football as yet another wonton commercialization of patriotism until I realized it was Veterans’ Day eve. I rewound, shut-up and stood for the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner alone in my living room. Still shocked that the day was not formally announced, particularly after watching the Remembrance Day ceremony at the start of the shellacking Liverpool gave Man City Sunday morning.

In short, I take patriotism quietly but seriously.

It is in that spirit that I say, with all my heart, Thank You to my father, my mother, my aunts, my uncles, my brother, practically all of my cousins, many of their children, and my friends, neighbors, fellow countrymen and fellow countrywomen whom have served in the Armed Forces of the United States to give me the protections of the freedoms I enjoy to speak my mind, to act in certain ways, or to do neither as I see fit. As always, never forget.

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