Friday, October 21, 2016

Dear Editor - Fred Collins - National Anthem

Dear Editor,


I truly hope you realize what that represents! In the span of time one often wonders if principles and patriotism sometimes fade away. Perhaps the new generation has not been brought up to date on what America truly means and the hardships that were endured by so few for so many!

I believe if all the energies that are exerted in discontent were directed in lifting up the Americans that have fallen by the way side, we would revive the spirit of America. 

One of the outstanding basketball coaches wanted to point out the need to recognize the importance of the “National Anthem.” The song that is played and sung at important events (some take the song for granted with very little feelings). 

So the coach lined up his team in the gym, and had some military veterans line up facing the team, as he walked between them and stated, “We didn’t earn these chairs and gym.” Then he pointed to the veterans. “These veterans and those past, when they were your age interrupted their life, they paused their education, changed their career, some gave their lives for all that we enjoy.” 

“So, when the anthem is played, we’re all going to stand like grown men, and we’re going to honor men like this, that gave their life and thank them by always standing.”

Why does moisture build in the eyes when we stand and face Old Glory? It’s because some see a friend or comrade supporting that symbol, that didn’t make it home.

Cpl. Fred Collins
United State Marine Reserve

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