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There is a time and place for protest.
That time is not after you hear, “Ladies and gentleman, please stand to honor our nation’s heroes.”
Some small ceremonies in America should remain sacred. And here’s why…
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A grandfather, a WWII Veteran, placing an American flag on the grave of a soldier at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France. “I brought so many of these boys over to spill their blood on this soil. I made it back alive, so many did not.”
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Maj. Justin Fitch honoring his fallen brother.
Photo taken six months before Justin passed away from his long battle with cancer on October 4th, 2015.
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A few of the Greatest Generation visited the USS Arizona for a tribute where the men would drop rose petals into the central opening in the Arizona.
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Larry Parry was confined to a wheelchair for the majority of the trip. Someone standing behind Larry heard him whisper quietly to his escort, “Miss, I may need your assistance for a moment. I’d like to try to stand up.”
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Larry, who had lost his wife only weeks before the trip, stood up, dropped the rose petals into the gentle current to honor his fallen shipmates, and was overwhelmed with emotion.
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“The American Flag does not fly because the wind moves past it. The American Flag flies from the last breath of each military member who has died protecting it.”

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Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:01 pm

Here's why I do
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Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:19 pm

Absolutely :bravo:

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Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:26 am

Yep, I stood the watch for 20 years in wind, rain, heat and cold; left home for some distant shore for over 6 months at a time, missed birthdays, anniversaries,kids graduating school, seeing family, all the little things others do everyday; waking up in your own bed and your significant other and not smelling, jet fuel, human waste, sweat and body odor from the other 100 guys sleeping where you sleep.

Seeing how other people live on this blue marble makes you realize there really isn't any place like home and the hard truth is some leave to protect your freedom and never get to come home.

So, yeah one should stand and honor those who have or currently serve.

My youngest son now stands the watch aboard the USS HIGGINS DDG-76 and I couldn't be prouder.
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Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:50 am

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