May She Forever Fly Freely
 
Before 911 I was just an ordinary U.S. kid who said the Pledge Of Allegiance (mostly when I was in school) because that's what we did every morning.
I attended functions like basketball, and football games, and when The National Anthem was played I most likely would be yapping away with my friends and not paying much attention as I was preoccupied.
U.S. flags didn't mean all that much to me. About all I knew was that if I saw a flag decorating someones grave it meant that this person had served in some war. I gave the peace sign because it was cool,and besides everybody was doing it like giving the high five sign.
When some fallen soldier had served our country and died as taps was played at the place of burial I got goosebumps because the sound was so sad.
I went to family graves on Memorial Day because as a kid it was considered mandatory in my family, but the best part of going was that after decorating the graves I knew all of my cousins and I were going to have a family picnic. Thus the whole ordeal of putting flowers on the graves was an okay thing.
I saw flags half massed several times in my young life, but never payed much mind to it. Sure I felt sad, but did I really know all the details about what happened as to why the flag wasn't flying full force?
I remember how my mom would proudly display the flag on special holidays like Memorial Day, July 4th, Flag Day, and the like. and how ladies would wear pins and patriotic vests on these special holidays of red, white and blue.
Sailors (I remember were pretty darn good looking) in those crisp white uniforms. But did I really know much about any branch of the military field other than seeing a poster saying ¨Uncle Sam Wants You¨?
THEN something happened......... 911. It was then that I saw, learned, and began to understand just how much my country means to me. Its too bad it took me so long to realize this.
I hope in my heart of hearts you continue to fly your American flag just as I now do.
They don't have to be big nor in mint condition. But let it show that you a proud citizen of this Great America. And it is because we remember those lives taken, that we may continue to be a free nation under GOD!

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Because we remember

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