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Old 07-04-2019, 07:53 AM
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Plenty of flags in our neighborhood, including ours. Patriotism is alive and well.

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Happy Fourth of July, everybody!
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:01 AM
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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This is what has seperated our country from others.
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:22 AM
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Displaying, or not displaying, the red, white & blue...has no correlation to being 'patriotic.'

That can only come from living by, and supporting, those ideals (equality/altruism/ethics/integrity/honesty/Etc.) that made this nation great...in the first place.


A Happy Independence Day to all...true Americans.
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:32 AM
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Putting a flag (or 20 flags) in your front yard, WITHOUT PROPER LIGHTING, does not indicate patriotism or the lack there of.
I agree. If it's one thing I do miss is our 20 foot flagpole that bent and broke because this dumbass forgot to pull the flag before a quick summer storm and snap, it went down.
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:37 AM
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Plenty of flags in our neighborhood, including ours. Patriotism is alive and well.
Us too.
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:53 AM
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So, if you don't fly a flag, it is an indication that you are not patriotic?
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:57 AM
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Where I live, as soon as you enter St. Charles from Buena Vista traffic Circle for over a mile from St. James to the Buttonwood are flags on both sides of the road. Then on our street in Southern Star Villas, 13 villas and 12 have flags all along the curve. Everywhere I go I see flags. Doesn't mean you're anymore patriotic then the next person, it just means you like to show your appreciation.
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:07 AM
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Like to share two things....

First this quote from Adlai Stevenson....

"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."

Secondly,

Appreciation for what the flag means to real honest heroes..Sen John McCain shared this story in a speech, a true story accredited many times over. Take the time to read it, if you will.


"As you may know, I spent 5½ five and one half years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. In the early years of our imprisonment, the NVA kept us in solitary confinement or two or three to a cell. In 1971 the NVA moved us from these conditions of isolation into large rooms with as many as 30 to 40 men to a room. This was, as you can imagine, a wonderful change and was a direct result of the efforts of millions of Americans on behalf of a few hundred POWs 10,000 miles from home.

One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named Mike Christian. Mike came from a small town near Selma, Alabama. He didn’t wear a pair of shoes until he was 13 years old.

At 17, he enlisted in the US Navy. He later earned a commission by going to Officer Training School. Then he became a Naval Flight Officer and was shot down and captured in 1967.
Mike had a keen and deep appreciation of the opportunities this country, and our military, provide for people who want to work and want to succeed. As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese allowed some prisoners to receive packages from home. In some of these packages were handkerchiefs, scarves and other items of clothing. Mike got himself a bamboo needle.

Over a period of a couple of months, he created an American flag and sewed it on the inside of his shirt. Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang Mike’s shirt on the wall of the cell and say the Pledge of Allegiance. I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most important part of our day now, but I can assure you that in that stark cell, it was indeed the most important and meaningful event.

One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as they did periodically, and discovered Mike’s shirt with the flag sewn inside, and removed it. That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, and for the benefit of all us, beat Mike Christian severely for the next couple of hours.

Then, they opened the door of the cell and threw him in. We cleaned him up as well as we could. The cell in which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle on which we slept. Four naked light bulbs hung in each corner of the room. As I said, we tried to clean up Mike as well as we could. After the excitement died down, I looked in the corner of the room, and sitting there beneath that dim light bulb with a piece of red cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my friend, Mike Christian. He was sitting there with his eyes almost shut from the beating he had received, making another American flag.

He was not making the flag because it made Mike Christian feel better. He was making that flag because he knew how important it was to us to be able to pledge our allegiance to our flag and country.

So the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you must never forget the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Americans have made to build our nation and promote freedom around the world.

You must remember our duty, our honor, and our country.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”


John S. McCain: Mike Christian: A POW Story
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:08 AM
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Patriotism should be displayed every day. The 4th of July is to commemorate kicking England's butt..
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