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To The Editor:

Today, three days ahead of Flag Day, I deposited two tattered U.S. flags from our place of business at the AmVets Flag Depository on Andrews Street. As I opened the chute, I could see inside, and it was almost full.

It was good to see that so many ordinary citizens continue to show respect to that distinctive emblem of our liberty by allowing these service organizations to reverently retire flags properly. I want to thank our veterans, first and foremost, for their service to our country; they are those who put their own lives on the line at an early age to defend freedom for the rest of us. Secondly, I’m thankful that they continue to defend the dignity of that symbol of our freedom, the U.S, flag.

In my youth, I lived for a time in Keysville, Maryland, which was a portion of land once owned by the family of Francis Scott Key and was his birthplace. Of course, the local high school was Francis Scott Key High, and we were surrounded by the history of our National Anthem. It gave me a unique perspective.

The anthem is a song about our flag, and when you sing or listen carefully, you can imagine what power that symbol must have had to move a man to pen such intense emotions. Immense pride of our country and what we can accomplish while defending our freedom. The flag boldly tells the world who we are and why we are here.

In recent times, we have become somewhat casual and indifferent about showing our dutiful regard to that symbol, and in reinforcing respect for its meaning to subsequent generations. Let’s hope that we can continue to count on ordinary citizens to exhibit the proper respect for the flag that it deserves. Let’s also hope that we can encourage more people to hold our symbol in high honor by facing the flag, removing our hats, placing hand over our hearts at the sight of a flag in a parade, at the sound of our National Anthem, and while pledging allegiance to the USA, by far still the greatest nation the world has ever seen. By doing so, we collectively demonstrate to the world that we are all proud citizens of America.

John Schneider

Massena

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