I am writing in response to Ms. Popek’s piece, “Stepping on the flag, and other memories” on behalf of all U.S. military veterans.
Ms. Popek, you’re very welcome. Your right to belittle what the flag stands for and your right to share your views via the free press is a direct result of the sacrifices so many have made FOR that flag.
While you may have correctly surmised that the flag isn’t, as you say, “magic,” you still missed the boat to understanding WHY it should be respected. I have several suggestions that might help clear your mind in that area.
1. Attend a military funeral.
The flag drapes the casket to respect he/she who gave their life for that flag.
2. Visit Arlington National Cemetery.
Physically go there. If that doesn’t humble you, you may want to consider renouncing your citizenship.
3. Volunteer at a V.A. Hospital.
Probably the best research you can do on respecting the flag. The good folks there — the patients, the doctors and the families visiting their loved ones — would gladly share their views with you.
I’m not sure what point you were trying to make with your column, but like your past column printed around Christmas on atheism, I came to the same conclusion. You and those like you are the reason that I and countless others like me defended that flag, served that flag, and believe that flag is, yes, magic. You should thank God or whatever it is you believe in that “WE GET IT.” I should think that you of all people would want to defend that flag and make sure it NEVER falls to the ground. The day it does, you’re out of a job.