Our flag flying high in the sky, a beautiful sight

Honor the U.S. Flag and the patriots who keep it flying!

Always great to witness patriotism as seen in the video The Star Spangled Banner, compliments of Bass Pro Shops to wish all a Happy Labor Day and to honor the U.S. flag and the patriots who keep it flying.

We live freely in an amazing, complex, country. I am grateful for those who sacrificed for our freedom and for those who serve to protect our nation. That’s huge.

I have encapsulated the glory of freedom in my innermost being. I feel like one of those people I see in photos and videos who traveled abroad and had their freedom challenged or lost. Returning to America, they race off the plane, kneel down, and kiss U.S. soil.

I love witnessing that exuberance for freedom. It expresses their gratitude … a shared gratitude with those who love our country.

Love it or Leave it

Some have expressed the sentiment, love it or leave it, but do not burn our flag or rampage our country. A witticism seen online during the 2019-2020 pandemic:

Due to COVID-19, you are asked to sequester at home and burn your own residence.

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My family tree is like this huge oak tree

Patriotism began with my parents and a father who served, down to uncles, nephews, husband, brother, and our son, all who served fearlessly, with regard for others and love of God and country. Being that close to those who have served, you have a greater appreciation of the sacrifices they made and what they hold dear to their hearts.

In one generation alone, my father and four of his brothers served during WWII and post-war – John, Wally, Ray, Pete, Harold, and Marvin. Children of immigrants who loved their country.

Those who serve, vote

You are fortunate if your parents vote. Mine did. And I remember the great discussions and the enthusiasm in voting for their leaders and their next President. The world stopped every four years, and all eyes were on the voting booth.

I revere my forefathers more with passing years as I sense their great sacrifices for the benefit of others. Thank-you!

Lyrics to National Anthem


O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Francis Scott Key

Honor the U.S. flag and the patriots who keep it flying to show your love for our nation and to honor the many who sacrificed for our freedom.

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Pres. George HW Bush from the Greatest Generation

George Herbert Walker Bush shakes hands with crowd at Springfield, Missouri, Airport
It was a pleasure shaking your hand, Mr. President

Kindness passed from Bush 41 to Me in Happenstance

In 1992, I shook the hand of President Herbert Walker Bush when he landed at the airport in Springfield, Missouri, on a campaign stop.

I was one of a crowd who wanted to connect with our President that day, and I was three rows back. Mindful of no one in the crowd but me, I was pushing my arm as close to the President as possible when a complete stranger in front, grabbed me by the wrist and pulled my hand forward, into the hand of President George Walker Bush.

I have no idea who this stranger was, but he gave his opportunity to shake the President’s hand to me.

I never got to say “Thank-You!” to that stranger.

In that way, a stranger passed the kind ways of President Bush to me, in happenstance.

Shaking the hand of George Herbert Walker Bush
Crowds gathered to shake the hand of 41