When I was a child, parents, churches and schools instilled patriotism. We revered and respected the flag. Nearly every house and business flew a flag on holidays.
On Memorial Day, I noticed two houses on my street flying a flag. Neither was mine. Ashamed, I bought a flag the following day. How many people, like me, enjoy our lives without regard to those who sacrificed to give it to us?
Thousands of soldiers have fought, been wounded and died to keep us free. Yet we go about our business unconcerned.
How sad that patriotism seems to be dying in this country. People in other countries would give all they have to change places with us.
The American flag is a symbol of the many liberties we enjoy. We owe it to those men and women in harm's way: those who served in past wars, those injured, those who died for us over the years. Please fly our American flag on holidays and every clear day.