This bothers me.
Im not saying it bothers me because of the town its taking place in (though its noted), and it doesn't bother me that people are sending hateful emails. What bother's me is the comments that people are posting below the article. I work with children everyday on an American Air Force Base. Everyday at 5:00 pm our national anthem is played and in my classroom 3 or 4 of my children will "stand at attention" just like they see their moms or dads do. This is out of respect for our Nation. This is a moment that we can take everyday and remember those who have died for our country. My children, who by the way are between the ages of 3 and 5 years old understand this. These 3 or 4 children in my classroom do not understand why the other children do not stand at attention when the anthem is played. They will tell the other children to stop playing and stand with their little hands over their hearts or straighten their bodies and bring their hand up to salute the flag of the United States. You may say "they do not understand what they are doing. They are only copying what they see the other Airmen are doing." I say your wrong. When these children understand that there are their daddy's and mommy's are gone for months "fighting the bad guys who want to hurt America," or that the "Fourth of July is America's birthday" they are capable of understanding the meaning behind saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
The lack of people willing to stand up for our nation is scary. Our nation as a whole no longer teaches our children to be proud Americans. In some school systems you get sent home for wearing the American flag on your shirt because it "offends someone." Why do we think this is okay? A country that feels like it needs to apologize for existing is a weak country.
Living in Germany and seeing true places of history has made me realize even more how much of a baby country we are. Every super power in the world has fallen. Germany has fallen and the people of Germany are just now beginning to be proud of their nation again. Thats huge compared to how long ago the "war to end all wars" was. Is it time for the super power that is the United States to fall? Will there be enough patriotism left to build her back up? If we do not begin to teach our children about the United States and the beautiful history of her beginnings how are we supposed to carry on her legacy?
Do not tell me that children do not understand the Pledge of Allegiance. That is a bunch of CROCK!!! This has nothing to do with politics this is all about America.