The Flag Is More Than Just Fabric ~

I was surfing around the blogs and came upon this post from Eagles II:

USA – Don’t Tread on Me!

It starts out with video of Jim Broussard taking down the US flag which was flying underneath a Mexican flag at a bar in Reno, Nevada.

A lot of folks in the blogosphere have been discussing this and seem to be stuck on the “theft” part of it and not the “why”. And many don’t seem to know that flying another country’s flag above the US flag is illegal. (Another sad example of what is not being taught in our schools any more.)

Display of United States Flag with Flags of Other Nations or
of States
The Flag Code sets out rules for position and manner of display of the flag in
4 U.S.C. § 7. The question as to the propriety of flying the flag of another nation at an equal level with that of the flag of the U.S. is not clear from the face of the statute.
Section 7 contains two subsections on point and these provisions appear to becontradictory.

Subsection 7(c) states:
(c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same
level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except
during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the
church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services
for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the
United Nations or any other national or international flag equal,
above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to or in place
of the flag of the United States or any Territory or possession thereof:
Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the
continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag
of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor,
and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor,
with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the
United Nations.

Subsection 7(g) states:
(g) When flags of two or more nations are displayed, theyare to be flown
from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of
approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of
the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.
41
The wording of § 7(g) is identical to that of the original Flag Code enacted in 1942.42 The second sentence of § 7(c) prohibiting flying international flags equal in height to the flag of the United States was not in the original Flag Code. This provision was added in 1953.
43
The legislative history of this amendment clearly states that is purpose was to “make it an offense against the United States to display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal to, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any possession or territory thereof,….”
44
The only exception recognized is at the headquarters of the United
Nations.

I, for one, am glad he did what he did. You see, for me our flag is more than just fabric. Every stripe, every star on our flag is symbolic of men and women who fought and died for this country and all the precious freedoms that are at it’s soul. To have someone from another country come here and even become a citizen and then fly their country of origin’s flag over their adopted country’s flag is so wrong, nevermind illegal. It is something to be defended ~ not just for the fabric it’s made of but for what it represents.

Mike Gallagher talks to vet who cut down Mexican flag

Go to Eagle II’s post and read about POW veterans written about there and what they felt about their flag.

Then think about those who so blithely burn the flag or even worse, right here in their country.

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Decency and respect seem to be going the way of common sense more and more in this country.

And don’t even get me started on that nonsense “dissent is patriotic”. It most certainly is not when done in such a manner.

WWII army rangers salute during a ceremony at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France on Sunday, June 6, 2004. Photo credit: Laura Rauch, AP

Tell it to them.

October 9, 2007. Tags: , , , , , . POW/MIA, Veterans. Leave a comment.

Calling all Knitters and Crocheters ~

Soldiers Angels is putting out a call for people who can knit, crochet, sew or quilt.

We have some exciting news!! We have a new project that we would like all of you to consider helping with. It will benefit so many honorable and deserving veterans and we need your help to accomplish this goal! If you are interested please pass this information along to friends & families – church groups – sewing circles – Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts etc….


Introducing Soldiers’ Angels Operation Hug-A-Hero – “Honoring Our Veterans One Stitch At A Time”

Patti has asked our crochet team to help provide holiday cheer to TWENTY THOUSAND Veterans nationwide this holiday season. These blankets can be crocheted – knitted – quilted or fleece tie blankets. Once you have your blanket completed please wrap them individually in Christmas wrapping and place a tag or card with them letting our Heroes know who made the item and that you are a member of Soldiers’ Angels Organization. We ask that you please hold your blankets and mail them out on or near December 1st.

Once you get a package ready please email Terri Hansen at:

shansenfamily(at)embarqmail(dot)com

and she will provide you with the address of the nearest VA facility. In the email please include the number of blankets and the sizing. If you have a creation for a female please indicate on the outside of the package that it is intended for a female recipient.

The sizes requested are – 36 x 45 for lap afghans and 45 x 60 for blankets. Please remember that when crocheting/knitting and looming sometimes the measurements are not exact…that is fine!! Our Heroes will love them even if they are not the exact size requested!!

We thank you so much for considering this project! We feel like this is a wonderful way to wrap our veterans with love and show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices they have made on our and our country’s behalf!

I’ve been knitting up some lapghans myself and I’ll be delivering them to the VA Hospital near here, as soon as I find the box I packed them in for moving….

When I was visiting the Palo Alto VA Hospital in CA, I would go into a room and see an afghan or quilt that someone had sent to the vets there. Some were in patriotic colors and others had special colors. So, I would ask them about it and their faces would light up! Some said, “I don’t know who made it or sent it, but it’s really great!” Or they would tell me of a relative who made it for them special in their favorite team’s colors. One thing is for sure, it most always was on the bed or wheelchair. And it meant a lot to them. Young vets or older vets. They love to be remembered and appreciated.

And one other thing, this doesn’t have to be just a Christmas project. There are patients at VA Hospitals year round.

So get out your needles and start making a {{hug}}!

Update ~

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, my daughter is in the Army Veterinary Corps.  She’ll be heading to Lackland Air Force Base in a couple of weeks to do some work with the Working Military Dogs there.


The mission of the 341st Training Squadron is to provide trained military working dogs and handlers for the Department of Defense, other government agencies and allies through training, logistical, veterinary support and research and development for security efforts worldwide.

 

 I can’t wait to hear about it!  She’s very excited, though I don’t know if it’s so much working with dogs or getting out of Hinesville for awhile.  I imagine it’s a bit of both, knowing her.  (We’re in negotiations right now about a stray dog that has come into the clinic.  She says we must take the dog if a home can’t be found for her in a couple months.  I have a feeling she’ll be bringing a “guest” with her at Thanksgiving…)

So ~ for all you dog lovers out there, there’s a way you can support our K-9 units!

Soldiers Angels also has a K-9 support project.  You can find out all about it by going to this link:

War Dogs 

Today we have over 2000 K-9 teams on the frontlines of the Global War on Terror. Nutritious food, high protein treats, hydration units, booties, cooling vests and many other items are necessary for our dogs’ successful missions.

 

Noise Sensitivity Training

Photo by Rob Martinez
March 26, 2007

Sgt. James Adolfson, 18th Military Police Detachment, Canine Section, comforts military police dog J.R. who is taking part in noise training in the Engagement Skills 2000 trainer here. The training helps desensitize MP dogs to the loud noises of battle and prepares them for deployment.

 

 

Killed in Iraq, Dog Team Buried together 

 Cpl. Kory D. Wiens and his partner, Cooper

They are a special and important, hard working part of our military and they really like their treats!

September 30, 2007. Tags: , , , . Troop Support, Veterans. Leave a comment.

Hope Renewed ~

Thanks to Sherri, who sent me an email linking me to a post about John Kerry, I have discovered another light in the darkness that shadows my country.

I have just spent the last half hour reading his archives and I feel so much more hopeful to know that I am not mistaken in my belief that the dark times are being brought into the light and found unacceptable.

So for those of you who, like myself, had not discovered this person, let me introduce you to Ronald Winter:

Ronald Winter, a descendant of Scottish Highlanders, (themselves descendants of Viking raiders,) grew up in the farming country of upstate New York. He gave up an academic scholarship at SUNY Albany in 1966 to join the Marines and fight in Vietnam.

Winter served as a helicopter machine gunner, flying 300 missions, and earning numerous decorations, including 15 Air Medals, Combat Aircrew Wings, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After Vietnam he returned to his studies earning undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and English Literature.

In a two-decade journalism career that included stints as investigative reporter, supervising editor, and columnist, Winter received several prestigious awards and a Pulitzer nomination. He currently works as a writer specializing in media relations and is a fierce advocate of veterans’ rights. Winter speaks regularly to school and community groups on the history of the Vietnam War.

Please visit Ronald Winter’s interviews at the Library of Congresses online site, “Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project“.

He spoke at the Gathering of Eagles rally in DC on March 17, 2007.  Here’s the link to his speech:

Gathering of Eagles speech 

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So please grab a cuppa, go to his website, and read his blog. If you’re feeling like me, a bit frustrated these days ~ well, a lot frustrated actually ~ I think you’ll find it’s hard to stop reading his posts. And I believe you’ll come away with a lighter heart and a boost to your faith in the people in this country. Start with this one if you need a good lift this morning.

My husband has a saying that I love:

“There’s more of us out there than you really care to know.”

Thank you, Sherri and Ronald Winter, for being among the ones who do care.

September 25, 2007. Tags: , , , . Good news. Leave a comment.