What happened to the respect and meaning of our American flag? When I was growing up, we respected the flag and what it stood for – the lives that were lost and people’s lives that were changed so that we could have the life we have today.
We were taught the flag was not to touch the ground and we took that very seriously. As an example, during World War II, the flag was falling from the pole, so some Marines exposed themselves to enemy fire to keep the flag from touching the ground.
In today’s world, the flag is pulled across the ground as a sky-jumper lands after having the flag trailing him in the sky. The flag is burned, and people are using them for sweatbands, bandannas and shirts.
A few weeks ago, I saw one of Donald Trump’s golfing partners wearing a pair of golf pants made from the American flag. It’s bad enough to see things like what is listed above, but to see someone wearing them as pants makes one feel like they are wiping their rears on the American flag. When people have given their lives and made sacrifices to protect this flag, I’m sure that myself and other veterans did not serve our country to see this happen.