Flying flag upside down dumb way to show dislikes

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 12:16 AM

Editor:

I read the Public Forum in the Nov. 29 issue in which the writer criticized a local letter writer who was flying the American flag upside down to protest the president’s re-election. It is upsetting to me that someone would be so dumb to fly our American flag upside down just because he disliked something. To me that’s a slap in the face of all Americans, especially the veterans who fought and died for that flag.

No matter how someone may feel about something, there is no reason to take it out on Old Glory, our flag. So many fought and died for that flag, to stand up and fly high and not to be turned upside down because somebody doesn’t like something.

I am a veteran of the U.S. Army.

I read the following about the flag written by an unknown author, and feel it is appropriate to the situation:

I Am Your Flag

I am your flag.

I am the flag of the United States of America.

I am called Old Glory.

I am called the Star Spangled Banner.

I am the rocket’s red glare,

the bombs bursting in air.

I am the imminence of patriotism.

I am the trenches in France, Belgium, Anzio, Normandy, Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal and Korea.

I am the jungle of Vietnam and the streets of Bosnia.

I am “One Nation under God.”

I am the names of those who never came back to keep this republic free.

When you salute me, you are actually saluting them.

I am the symbol of America.

The home of the proud, the brave and the free.

Garry Lynn Allen

Sevierville