We have all stood at attention while our National Anthem has been played at one time in our schools, sports events and many political rallies and conventions, at funerals of dignitaries of our great country.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
We must never let the chains that once bound those who came before us bind us and weaken our spirits. Regardless how they try to change the sentiment that we hold dear regarding our flag; tattered and worn like those long ago, we will rally to keep her standing tall flying over the ramparts and the red glare…I too, will die on my feet fighting before I will live on my knees…Like those who fell that eve, our sense of patriotism and love of our flag will once again call us to stand tall with American Pride and hold our flag up to show that we are still there, “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”
We can’t all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots. ~Charles F. Browne
[photo via Google]
It warms my heart to know that the gestures of one 13 year old, Cody Alicea has impacted this nation with his simple act of patriotism. Cody rides his bike to school like many children today and on the back of it he proudly displayed our flag, the American Flag. However, caving into the fear of problems to come the school asked Cody to remove his flag to avoid confrontation due to the fact that he attended a multi-cultured school and could possibly face adverse reactions. It must be hard to be so patriotic while living in the midst of such cultural diversity. The school was apprehensive about this flag because of the upset when the Latino children waved the Mexican flag celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Fears of racism, bigotry over shadowed Cody’s ability to express himself as set forth by our bill of rights and Constitution.
It wasn’t long before the community rallied together to offer support and challenge the decision which was quickly reversed.
Cody, being from a home of veterans clearly was honoring not only our troops but of a grandfather who had served our country. So his act was not only one of love for country but of family. How refreshing it is to see this type of love resonating from this young man. What a brave and courageous statement he was making by displaying our flag. What a valuable lesson we all could learn from his unselfish act.
Cody was said to be both, “nervous and proud” by all the support that rallied around him. There is even a facebook page that support Cody’s patriot’s heart. He will be going to Washington and deserves all the fan fare he has received and I pray that we, the adults, can all learn a valuable lesson, one taught to us by a mere 13 year old……
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln
It is crucial now that we remember the men and women serving our country in Afghanistan, especially for the upcoming days as they are set to hold their elections. Terrorist’s are actively trying to hinder the elections and many of our brave souls could be facing danger. Remember them as the brave, the fearless and the selfless as they are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and liberty.
You may be wondering why the flag is backwards on his sleeve, many of you in the Military most likely know.
This flag is symbolic of the men who used to march into battle with an actual flag. So steady and strong that the flag would blow behind them. On the arms of our soldiers, the flag faces as if being carried into battle, blowing behind them
So as they go into battle with the flag on their shoulders be proud of our heritage, be proud to be protected by the greatest Military force in the world. Please keep them in your hearts and prayers. Take time to send them a card or letter or you can send them packages. There are many great ways to show them your support and many great sites that you can visit to get hints, ideas and needs of our soldiers. One small way to also help is to click on the widget located near the bottom of the page. It is sponsored body gloveand with each click on the widget they will donate money to help veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war. Its quick, its free! Please support our troops and their families….
~God Bless Our Military and the USA~
I am Ericatwitts and I am flagging myself too!!! Will you?
~I am an American and Our Voices will be heard~