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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
Our ancestors crossed the Atlantic back in the 1600’s coming to a land of the unknown. They were leaving the confines of a British rule. They were unprepared for what they found and many perished in those early days not knowing how to live off the land that seemed so far from home, but determination was their guidance. As ships from the British Isle kept coming to the new land, one particular group came to Jamestown and found her to be almost desolate, empty with most of the earlier settlers having died from not knowing how to farm the land and provide food and shelter. By 1622 John Rolfe came to the new land with tobacco seeds; this crop proved to do well in the damp Chesapeake soil and soon it flourished. Jamestown began to flourish. These early settlers soon became friends with the Powhatan Indians and they taught them how to farm the land by using fish as fertilizer. The Powhatan’s also taught them how to survive by utilizing their friendship with the new settlers to aide them in securing their tribe…warfare was first introduced and a way of fighting in the wilderness of the land of the unknown was born.
As generations came and began to flourish,it was around the seventh generation that fell prey to the British rule. Men grown tired of paying the heavy taxes levied upon them by the British grew tired and a rumbling was beginning to be heard. Shopkeepers, bakers, blacksmiths and young boys as young as sixteen began to learn how to fight. They trained diligently, learning how to defend themselves and soon to establish a free land we now know as America. It was under the direction of George Washington that these men grew in their training and military expertise. While at Valley Forge, many fell prey to smallpox and survived a brutal winter often with barren feet, improper shelters and medical treatments..many did not survive ..but the spirit live on. Washington recruited a well trained officer, once thought to be driven from service due to rumors of his homosexuality but Washington did not squander..This officer took control and changed the structure of Valley forge, building latrines away from the camps and on the opposite side supplied nutritious meals. A doctor on site developed a way to rid the camp of the small pox by taking puss from the infected and spreading it to open wounds…some died from this but many built up an immunity and the camp once again flourished with the passion for freedom and independence …by July 4, 1776 the second Continental Congress had convened and the Declaration of independence was born and from its inception ignited the fire of patriotism within the hearts of our forefathers and a nation was born…………
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
I tell you this story because once again we, the American people are once again facing tyranny. The question is, do we still have the heart and passion as once displayed by our founding fathers? Can we overcome the diabolical rule that now holds us at bay? This isn’t about one political party over the other one, this about the survival of America and about preserving her honor and integrity that those so many years ago died and sacrificed their life for.
It is not a British monarch that we are resisting, it is our very own government; one that would be unrecognizable to our forefathers. So I have to ask, do you have that same passion, spirit and love of country to stand up against the tyranny and protect her like the patriots before ………….
Benjamin Franklin once thought to be the anonymous writer to the Pennsylvania Journal penned a letter to the journal in 1775 describing the Gadsden Flag and its meaning, how prolific those words are today….
“She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. … she never wounds ’till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.”