Letters to the Editor

Respect price paid for our flag

Is the cost of a flag important? Well, you see, this flag has been paid for already. The value is not counted in dollars, but purchased through sweat, dirt and bravery, and mixed with the blood of our armed forces through the beaches of Normandy, the jungles of Vietnam and the rice paddies of Korea. There were those buried at sea and those who died in Germany, France, Italy, Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, in the desert, the water, the mountains, and wherever they were called to fight for the freedom of others.

Oh, yes, let us not forget our own shores, such as Pearl Harbor, New York City, Washington, D.C., and the farmland in Pennsylvania.

The cost of an American flag? What price can one put on freedom? A prized possession is this old flag. Consider what it represents.

May God bless America, and may God bless that ragged old flag, too.

BONNIE JOHNS GABBARD

Modesto

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