Boots On The Ground

The view from Memorial Hill, Midway, Utah U.S.A. This is an outstanding memorial by Wasatch County, Utah with rosters honoring residents back to the Nauvoo Legion and The Mormon Battalion, with every war and "police action" since those days.  Visit.
The view from Memorial Hill, Midway, Utah U.S.A. This is an outstanding memorial by Wasatch County, Utah with rosters honoring residents back to the Nauvoo Legion and The Mormon Battalion, with every war and "police action" since those days. Visit. | Source
U. S. military flags flying high at Memorial Hill, Midway, Utah, U.S.A.
U. S. military flags flying high at Memorial Hill, Midway, Utah, U.S.A. | Source

Flags at half mast....

The deaths of five military recruiters had the American flag flying at half mast in July 2015.

How long did it take for five more American military to die when the flag was no longer flying at half mast?

My guess is that it did not take very long, and that is the sad part.

Let me explain. When the Chattanooga, Tennessee killings took place, they seemed and were senseless, the misguided act of a malguided man. We heard about those deaths in large part because they occurred here at home and the personnel could not defend themselves.

When the next five deaths occurred on the battlefield or in training....indeed anywhere service personnel died while on active duty, or from an original cause which happened while serving on active duty, the flag did not fly at half mast to similarly acknowledge those men and women.

Perhaps we should be more conscious of these ongoing sacrifices and only fly the flag at full staff on days when no servicemen and servicewomen die the previous day. Frankly, I doubt there would ever be such a day, at least not until world peace is realized, and even then not until many active duty and retired military have passed on.

Perhaps, if we had done so, we could all have better recognized the tremendous sacrifices our military and their families make in their service to, and sacrifices for, our country.

After World War I, and ever since that time a group called American Gold Star Mothers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Star_Mothers_Club) has worked to honor and support mothers and fathers who have lost a child during their period of active military service. Their efforts have led to a service banner families can hang in their window featuring blue stars for children serving in the military, and gold stars for such children who have died as a consequence of their military service.

If nothing else, we need to better recognize what such service banners represent, and also recognize the service this organization gives to our veterans in hospitals across the USA, and to each other in coping with their loss.

As this was written, some 1,300 eligible parents were current members of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc a 501-C nonprofit organization. Many, many more parents are eligible to join in their efforts and activities.

Honoring those who honor us by their service.

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Perspycacious 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Updated today, Monday, July 27, 2015 with an extra suggestion for honoring our military personnel and families who sacrifice so much for us.


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean

They deserve the recognition from individuals who care, even when the flag is not lowered. Thanks for bringing these suggestions to our attention.


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Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Yes, thank you for bringing this useful hub to light. Sometimes we forget all the sacrifice's others make for us to maintain our way of life. I, for one, in my grumbling and complaining, need to be reminded that some do care and, sometimes there's a price for that. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and shared.


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phdast7 16 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

You are so right Demas. Far too often, most of us are oblivious to the sacrifices our soldiers make, whether alive or dead. It is both selfish and shameful that we are so. We do indeed need reminders of the young men and women lost and their grieving families as well. Thank you for an important and much needed reminder. Blessings. Theresa


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Perspycacious 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - Recognition is best shown by giving them the support they deserve and need to do their jobs effectively and to return in honor and appreciation for their willingness to protect and sacrifice if need be.


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Perspycacious 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dana Tate - Thanks for voting and sharing. The sharing is one more way of getting the word out.


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Perspycacious 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dana Tate - Thanks for voting and sharing. The sharing is one more way of getting the word out.


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Perspycacious 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7 - We certainly haven't had many "victory" parades lately, have we!

Gone and forgotten is not good for morale, back and forgotten is even worse.


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aviannovice 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This country doesn't honor our veterans enough. Thanks for the reminder.


sarahew88 16 months ago

When I was in Kandahar, the flag bobbed. Up one day, down the next. It was at half mast for most of my deployment. aviannovice is right, we don't honor our vets enough. And our young folk aren't made to understand the depth of it. They seem disinterested. Indifferent. Disassociated.


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Perspycacious 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - We are still adrift in a very dangerous world.

A key consideration for November 2016 will be who will make the best Commander In Chief through leadership, considered resrtaint, and decisive action when such action is in the essential national interest.

The lack of sufficient numbers of representatives and senators having actual military experience is also one of my concerns. It sometimes helps to have seen a buddy die and to know the real cost of war on military and civilians.

In WWII my wife watched Japanese "soldiers" put men in a hole with only their heads showing while the rest of their bodies were buried, and then put honey on their heads and leave them to die in the burning sun while ants crawled over their heads, only to have the Japanese now complain that we dropped two monstrous bombs to end such bestiality and ultimately save not only our own combatants' lives but those of millions of other civilians most of whom were their own people.

Certainly we were barbarians, too, fire bombing and burning Tokyo.

Perhaps no one comes away from war with clean hands. So it is terribly important that we choose leaders who can truly understand how to prevent them, as well as how to prosecute them, whenever and wherever war is the last and only recourse.


Kevin Goodwin 15 months ago

I agree with aviannovice that the United States do not honor the brave soldiers who have died while serving our nation so proudly.


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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Kevin, I think we do honor them, but for most we honor them as a passing thought, when in fact their sacrifices past and present allow us to continue to enjoy the freedoms we have and to play an essential role in our world.

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