To the Editor:
Americanism is an unfailing love of country; Loyalty to its institutions and ideals; eagerness to defend it against all enemies, undivided allegiance to the flag; and a desire to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and posterity.
Do we really love our country? Are we really loyal to the beliefs of the men who fought for our freedoms back in 1775, and the eagerness of the men and women who fight for our freedoms today against our enemies? Does the flag have our whole allegiance or are we too busy? Do we have a desire to safeguard our independence for our future generation like our forefathers did, or do you feel it's nothing to worry about?
We have the privilege on Patriot's Day, Sept. 11 and POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 18 to display our flags, show our patriotism and thank some brave men and women for our freedom.
On 9-11 we are remembering those who perished or were injured on that terrible day when the United States was attacked by terrorists that killed thousands of innocent people and left children without fathers or mothers, husbands without wives, wives without husbands, mothers and fathers without sons or daughters. Communities, schools, families, churches and organizations should pay their respect to the victims and their families with solemn ceremonies, prayers, candle vigils, readings, services and songs of remembrance and faith, and flying "Old Glory."
POW/MIA Recognition Day honors the commitments and the sacrifices made by our nation's prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. We need to contact our Senators and Congressmen and tell them, as U.S. Citizens, that we owe our military a great deal of gratitude and that we want each service man and woman brought home.
The POW-MIA Recognition Day is one of the six days specified by law on which the black POW/MIA flag shall be flown over federal facilities and cemeteries, post offices and military installations. Please take a moment to remember our missing soldiers and those still held as prisoners of war. Flags fly at half staff on those two very important days.
Now to the next part -- The Pledge of Allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, hats off, saluting (hand on heart) not walking around, sitting -- talking to the person next to you, eating a hot dog, etc., at a baseball, football or basketball game. Hand should be on your heart during the National Anthem. Our flag has been our symbol of freedom since June 14, 1777. It has flown through peace, war, strife and prosperity. The red stripes symbolize the blood spilled on defense of this glorious nation. The white stripes signify the burning tears shed by Americans. The blue field is indicative of God's heaven under which it flies. The stars clustered together unify 50 states as one. We should honor, respect and defend our flag, with our lives and fortunes and never let our enemies tear it down. Thank God for our Freedom and pray we never lose it. It's not a bad thing if you get a tear in your eye or goosebumps when you see the flag pass by.
School has started and thank you to each teacher who still teaches Patriotism by having the children say the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the National Anthem. Adults, strive earnestly to keep the fires of patriotism alive with you and instill it in the hearts of your children. We need to fly our flags, lots of flags on a daily basis, to show support for family, friends, loved ones, and service people in harm's way that are ensuring our freedom on a daily basis.