Wednesday, July 4, 2012
There is protocol out there, of course, and I'm always careful to follow it. I wear a flag on my ambulance uniform and I always treat the flag with respect. I am as patriotic as the next person. And yet, I wonder about why people have such angry responses to any misuse of this symbol of our country and its history. I totally get the lump-in-the-throat feeling seeing it pass in a parade or singing the national anthem. I'm there! I love my country. But just like with family, I know its weaknesses and problems as well. And I grieve over them.
At the end of the day I am still a child of the sixties and I believe in the freedoms we cherish in the USA. And as Justice William J. Brennan said in the Supreme Court decision of July 3, 1989 "We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so we dilute the freedom that this cherished emblem represents" I could not have said it better and its a perfect thing to celebrate on this, the Fourth of July!