A Salute to Those Who Defend Our Ideals

A Salute to Those Who Defend Our Ideals May 31, 2021

Today is Memorial Day as most of you probably know. It’s a holiday set aside for the purpose of honoring and mourning members of the US military who have lost their lives serving our country.

I try and be a good citizen as best I can, and as it so happens I have a flagpole in my front yard. The pole and flag came with the “used” home I purchased a few years back.  I don’t fly Old Glory 24/7. Just on special holidays. So, this morning I awakened early, long before the birds started chirping, and stepped outside to make sure my flag was lowered to half-staff as tradition demands.

“On Memorial Day, the flag should be briskly raised and remain there for an instant before it is slowly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains until noon. Then the flag is briskly hoisted to the peak again, where Old Glory remains until sunset, when it is slowly lowered.

“It’s an important piece of symbolism. Until noon, the flag flies at half-staff as a memorial for the nation’s military war dead; for the rest of the day, it flies full and high in a salute to living veterans.”  Source

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Otherwise known as Punchbowl Cemetery. / Photo credit: Scott R. Stahlecker, taken in 2018.

I served in the army for about four years back in the late 80’s. It was a privilege to serve, and often gives me a great sense of pride. I get thanked frequently for serving my country. This usually happens when a business I buy things from offers me a military discount for my purchase. It’s a perk I never anticipated, but one that has literally saved me thousands of dollars.

This day, however, is one in which we recognize members of the military that have given the ultimate sacrifice—their life. In the broader context though, it’s also a day to reflect on the better ideals which American stands for like . . . freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and otherwise; the freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

Many of our military personnel have lost their lives as a direct consequence of trying to ensure that others—many of which live in entirely different countries—enjoy these very freedoms. And I thank them for this.

The Capitol Police . . .

And while I may be overstepping my bounds, I also remember today officer Brian Sicknick and the other members of the Capital police who were injured during the January 6th insurrection. For had they not stood their ground the insurrectionists might have succeeded in nullifying our most precious of freedoms; which is, the right of the American people to select their next president by popular vote.

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One response to “A Salute to Those Who Defend Our Ideals”

  1. Hey, Scott, thank you for your service! Like you, I also served and am also the child of a serviceman.

    As for the attempted coup on 1/6, I’m very angry that the woman who punched a Southwest flight attendant who asked her to buckle her seatbelt is going to be punished far more harshly than the traitors who tried to overthrow our country on 1/6, and at the man who treasonously incited them to action.

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