As to Memorial Day... I am committed to honoring the War dead and survivors by flying the Flag on such holidays.
My family has a history of veterans going back to the Revolutionary War. I fly it to honor them as well as my exhusbands brother who died at Pearl Harbor and for all who died in every war here and abroad.
So being an old Girl Scout I follow all the traditions. I have never forgotten the rules. I pay special attention to the flag on days of mourning.
This would include lowering the flag to half mast till noon, which I can't do as no flag pole.
Instead I hang my flag lengthwise from my porch roof and include the required black ribbon till noon.
I am not surprised that hardly any of my neighbors fly the flag. The one that moved out left a huge flag still up on the shed, day & night, rain & shine. Arrrgh!!
Vietnam had 2 of my brothers serving in the Navy during that war, both ended up with PTSD.
My son served in the Army for 12 years with time in West Berlin before the Wall fell.
They & others are why I am even more determined to show respect. It's a little thing but so important.
I have mentioned before that I was exposed first hand to America's history. The number of people in my who protected this country is astounding.
My uncle was exposed to the radiation cloud of the first Atomic Bomb. Their plane flew through the cloud from the first bomb dropped on Bikini Atoll. He and his crew members all died. He passed it on to his daughter who died of breast cancer shortly after my visit to her back east. My aunt worked for the Navy on the Huey helicopter project.
I have often felt my Dad had PTSD. He was on Tinnian where the Atomic Bombs were loaded on to the planes that dropped them on Japan.
My grandfather was a Doughboy in WWI.
A boy I went to high school with, visited me the night before he left to enlist. He came back from Vietnam blind.
A friend who was in Vietnam spends every holiday where fireworks are set off in movie theaters.
How could I not honor the injured and dead.
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