The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

June 21, 2013

US flag very important

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — To the editor:

Way to go Dorothy … I had the privilege to attend the same church with Dorothy Poole for several years. She is one great lady! I really enjoy her letters to the editor. And it is so good to find her still writing and equally great to see I still agree with her.

You know that when you begin to get letters from these “old women,” our city is in trouble. But here we are still writing … speaking about our flag is very near and dear to my heart.

I live with a World War II veteran and some of the problems of health are still with him today. But that only makes him prouder that he was able to serve. We have a son who retired from the Navy. I am sending along a story that tells it like it is. Folks, our children today are not being taught what the sacrifices of war are. Going into service is something expected by most of our young men. As I have said many times, our young men go into service as teenagers and return as grown men, with experiences  they will never forget, some of them coming home, of course, in a casket.

We want our young men to know that America stands behind them and that we are proud of each of them that give up their freedom to fight for ours. I know several families that have sent their sons to Iraq and the emptiness that is left in the home. We are all praying that each one of them can return home and enjoy the freedom that they give to all of us with their service.

I love to cook and as I am  preparing a meal I often think, “I wish our boys had some of this.” Maybe it won’t be too long before we will be free of war. But, friends, as you look at our flag, please stop and think of the many years, the many conflicts, the many lives that have stood and fought for this flag — the red, white and blue — how do you feel? I love placing my hand over my heart and saying the Pledge to the flag, my flag, my country, then being able to sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” God Bless America and stand with my countrymen and shed a few tears.

My greatest possession is to know that I am a citizen of this country, and no one can take that away from me. This is my country, my flag, and my right to speak to you….

Jacquelyn Park