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One U.S. Flag Down.....

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    Today I was driving down a road that's in a Rural area south of town on my way to West Virginia.

    Although it's rural, its a well traveled road.

    There is a really old cemetery to one side of the road that has all W.W.I veterans buried there.

    About a week ago, someone put US flags in the ground on all the graves.
    As I was driving passed, I noticed one of the flags in the third row must have either gotten blown down or just fell to the ground.

    I kept going, but it was like I had OCD for a few minutes.

    I couldnt let it go. I ended up driving back and pulling into the old crumbling driveway and entrance to the cemetary. I walked over and stuck the flag back into the ground. It was the only one that had fallen down.

    I stood there and just thought about these young men family's. Where are they now, and I highly doubted many of them EVER came to pay their respects. I had just moved here, so I wasn't related (that I knew of) to any of these heroes.

    As cars passed by me, I got strange, confused and a few proud looks from the passing drivers.
    The ones who looked ignorant really pissed me off. They are probably the ones that always ***** about this country, but never want to do anything about it.
    And dont get me wrong. I feel there are a lot of things wrong with this country. But I still know for a fact, its the best one on this planet.

    Now, Im not posting this to brag or say "look what I did".

    Im posting it, because, it made me realize I need to thank more vets for their service in public when I see them.
    And I wanted to share it with you fine folks, just as a friendly reminder to do the same.

    I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day and please remember young men laid in agony and died for us to be here today.
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    Excellent post! I agree whole heartedly, often times I think we all take their sacrifices for granted.

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    I totally agree, we need to bring to light their great service and give them many thanks even if it isn't memorial day. I started a habit about a year ago at work. I'm an ER nurse and have seen many WW2/Korea/Vietnam vets, their tatoos and rings are a dead giveaway. I always ask them where they served and what they did in the military. They almost always tell me one good story about the war, some kind of anecdote, that I get a kick out of. I always tell them that we are grateful for their service and courage and how much we hope to get them better soon.

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    You Did GOOD...



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    Thanks.

    My view: That flag stands for someone buried there whose relative wasn't able to pick it back up for him.
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    That was a really good thing to do - all too often we get so wrapped up in our day-to-day lives that we forget to thank the ones that made it so we can have that day-to-day routine.

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    You are a Great American.

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    What a great post. You made my day.
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    We are living in an age where you can't get most of the people to shut up during the National Anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance.

    We need more people who reflect on what those graves mean: Freedom isn't Free.

    You sir, are to be commended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulG View Post
    We are living in an age where you can't get most of the people to shut up during the National Anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance.

    We need more people who reflect on what those graves mean: Freedom isn't Free.

    You sir, are to be commended.
    I appreciate it, but if you think about it. Its just part of the job of being an American.
    And you are so right about people and the National Anthem.
    I used to go to the movies, until it became popular to talk, argue and even fist fight through the whole entire thing.
    Im not going there to pay $20 for two tickets for me and my date, $30 dollars for snacks, drinks and food =$50 just to get so damn angry and have to walk out early because people have reversed the evolution process in their genetics.

    Now, I don't even feel like going to baseball games or football games because of the same things.

    Its sad that respect is "retro" in the country.
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    I like that - a lot

    I can well imagine doing the exact same - because had I gone by it would have haunted me from then on ........ like an insult to all those fallen soldiers.

    Oh yes - you did the right thing for sure ....... thank you.
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    I Fully Agree. Our Soldiers Are Never Thanked Enough. It Seems They Used More As Pones In A Chess Game Than Thank For Their Sacrifices.

    Thanks To All That Served And Is Serving!!!!
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    Cool Flag Protocol

    For those who are interested as well as those who are not, the flag protocol tomorrow (May 28, 2007) is 1/2 staff until noon, and full staff for the rest of the day, per the Presidential Proclamation of May 15, 2007.

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    Thank You.

    On a side note I just came back form the National WWI Memorial, for those that have an opertunity to go I would recomend it. They did a great job with it.
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