Letter: Treat the flag with respect
There has been a visual interest shown for a large American Flag to be displayed in Rhinelander, but to display that American symbol, there has to be support, respect and pride in its daily care to fly it in honor and to pledge allegiance with faith and liberty and justice for all for which she stands.
For those who have roots and sacrifices woven into the fibers of the spirit of the American Flag, it is no task but an honor to fly it as a symbol and a memory of a commitment to this country. For those who remove their hats and place their hands over their hearts responsively and respectfully as she leads the parade, it is no task or formality. It is an honor for what she stands for. For some, her honor is accompanied with tears and heartfelt pride for friends and family lost in service to protect the flying of the American colors of the United States. It is also a reminder of allegiance for some who have worn the uniform to defend her honor; a symbol of what this country stands for.
If she is to be flown, there has to be a commitment to honor her with the respect she deserves.
A simple task of commitment of toil would be a disservice. The honor should be left to those whose lives are woven into the fabric or not done at all.
Weak responsibility and excuses are not founding principles this country represents let alone to raise its flag.
Food for thought…
Craig Strid, Rhinelander