The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
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I have felt the need lately to look at myself and how I might more vividly express my respect and devotion to my country and leave no doubt as to where I stand. As a starter, I looked more attentively at the pledge we recite each meeting.
“The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag”
We all know those words well; however, if it were to need any clarification, it could be said; “I” solemnly promise loyalty, dedication, devotion and homage to this great nation and everything it stands for.
And then there is another lesser known historic document I like and will be referring to often.
“The American’s Creed”
“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; establish upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes”.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
Again there is no need for clarification; “I” am making a solemn promise of dedication, fidelity and obedience.
I know I will be paying closer attention to the words of these dogmas in the future, not just reciting them.
Of course there are injustices, always have been, always will be, as we do not live in a perfect world. Imperfect as it may be, this country has made great progress in correcting injustices and I believe it is still striving for liberty and justice for all.
There are appropriate peaceful, legal and respectful ways to petition and protest for change. The constitution guarantees it, and the law enforces it. Disrespect for the flag and the country it stands for, and other unsuitable actions are unacceptable in my opinion.
I will be attentive for any opportunity where I may express my objection to such intimidating conduct. To start with, I will shun all inappropriate and disrespectful protests. I will not attend or watch any professional football game or any other sporting event that condones such behavior, nor purchase any products from companies sponsoring such organizations. I know if enough would do so, the power of the purse, (the all-powerful motivator in today’s society) will bring about change.