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Fly It High!!!

Updated on May 26, 2011

This Memorial Day maybe we should take a moment to reflect on some of the past and the future.  Oh yes, we fire upt the grill for families to gather around and enjoy and then someone remembers to put up the American flag if they can remember where they put in from last Memorial Day.  I ask you? just look around your neighborhood do you see that beautiful flag waving---EVERYDAY?  Yet it is the same symbol that we all fight and die for!

When I look back in the past, WWll, every house or apartment had a flag either outside or in the window.  I watched my mother go each day to work---she was one of the many Rosie the Riveters and there was always an American Flag patch sewed on her shirt.  No matter what your beliefs are of the wars and conflicts of today---we all carry that Flag as our symbol. 

Vietnam Memorial Wall
Vietnam Memorial Wall

The reality of it all is when one stands in front of this wall and you reach out and touch some of those names.

I believe that some wars were necessary and some are not. I as a parent found that the hardest part is to watch a son and a daughter go off to honor this cause. I was fortunate that my son and daughter returned.

The Vietnam Women's Memorial
The Vietnam Women's Memorial

In today's world filled with terror and conflicts we should ask ourselves is it too much to simply fly that beautiful flag each and every day as we build more ---WALLS?

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    • midget38 profile image

      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, in this world of conflict, we should certainly enjoy safety. Well said, and shared.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      6 years ago

      Maverick, I totally agree and it seems that those people that could not see pass their own self, will only be there when it effects only them. Thanks

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      MAVERICK 

      6 years ago

      when ever i look at the vietnam memorial it makes me think and it hurts to think and know how harsh and how many soldiers died and gave their lives not for me or you not for the USA but for each other they fought to make sure that the person next to them stayed alive. But when the came back what did they get the got spit on and hated on by people who dont even understand

      thank you Ginn for putting this up

      Maverick

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      6 years ago

      Thank you femme, the freedom that we have today is because of those Vets that stepped up to the plate.

      Two of my own children (Jerilee Wei) above made me proud when she did too.

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      femmeflashpoint 

      6 years ago

      Ginn,

      I just found this. For that matter, I just found you, here on the hub.

      It's beautiful, it's stirring, and I especially loved the commenting from JY, Vietnamvet and Albertacowpoke.

      Beautifully expressed. Well done.

      femme

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      Jerilee Wei 

      6 years ago from United States

      Missed this one too! Better keep my eyes open. Love you.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Becky it is said: those who deny freedom to others,deserve it NOT for themselves and we will always fight and die for this right. thanks

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      Becky 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for the pride you show in our flag. It is the symbol of our love for freedom and our willingness to give our lives for that freedom. It doesn't matter whose freedom. I am PROUD of my Vet.

    • albertacowpoke profile image

      albertacowpoke 

      7 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

      Absolutely correct. I worked in Ottawa and it's no different.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Karl, I totally agree as I worked in D.C. for 23 years and had a close up view of our politicians. I feel that all of our men and women that have or will be serving are not getting the respect that is due them for our politicians are following the money trail---first.

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      albertacowpoke 

      7 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

      As an ex-soldier I really appreciated this hub. It is thoughtful and brings out the sacrifice our forefathers have made in the cause of freedom.

      One should also remember it isn't the soldier that decides where he goes. It is the politician. The soldier, for the most part, does his part in what his nation asks him to do. Many lives were left at the beaches of Normandy. A tour of those graves and looking at the ages of those young men, regardless of country, are revealing. Most of them were between 18 and 21 with a whole life ahead of them.

      Today we still see lives lost in Afghanistan and many more wounded. There are many with mental scars. Let's not forget their service, regardless of the point of view on the war.

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      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Thanks suzie,she is what we fought for and many others are doing the same now around this world.

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      suziecat7 

      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      The flag flies proudly at our house. Beautiful Hub - rated up!!

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Hey WillStarr you are so right! I have been so fortunate to have seen many beautiful sights around this world but nothing compares to the greeting that our FLAG gives. Thanks

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We bought a twenty foot flag pole soon after 9-11, and we fly the flag daily. When a mini-burst took it to the ground duing a sudden storm, we bought another the next day.

      Now our street has many twenty foot flag poles and flags are flown every day. It's a beautiful sight.

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      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Vietnamvet68 thanks, my flag rasied higher to say thanks to all of you that kept all of us safe because their are not enough words to express it.

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      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      Why are we in conflicts (just another less harsh word for war, like shell shocked being called PTSD) if not for power? Having said that I respect everyone's right to fly whatever flag they choose to and have the upmost respect for my fellow veterans that gave their lives for a cause...just not because! Peace!!

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      vietnamvet68 

      7 years ago from New York State

      As a proud Veteran my flag flies every day . Thanks for this wonderful hub.

      God Bless

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      JY I'm with you 100% that flag has never meant POWER. For those family's living in the Military in this conflict we are in now it holds a whole different meaning. Thanks

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      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Chatkath, Even in the destruction of Joplin MO, we see that some have nothing left but there is that American flag that they stuck in the rubble---that symbol is what makes us strong.

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      John Young 

      7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      To justtom...I have never viewed our flag as a symbol of power, and I served in the Army and Marines during war time. My family spent many years overseas while I was growing up. The sight of an An American flag was a comforting sight to us in some places we lived. But never a symbol of power.

      Ginn, a beautiful piece. Thanks for reminding us!

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you for celebrating some significant moments in our history, it is unfortunate that so many are not even aware of what Memorial day represents! Great Hub Ginn.

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      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Eiddwen. History shows us all the great sacrifice we gave for freedom and for some that flag is hope to hold on to tightly.

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      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Miss Info,many sacrificed their lives for this Flag so the least we can do is raise it higher.

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      This is a great hub which I vote up.

      Thank you so much for sharing ,

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Miss Info 

      7 years ago from New York City

      I agree. Love your compassion, camaraderie and spirit of patriotism.

      God Bless!

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      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      Flags from all over the world are beautiful but when they are flown as a symbol of power (as they are in this country)it's hard to justify their beauty. As a veteran if I choose to fly a flag on Memorial day it will be adorned with the dove of peace.

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      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      dahoglund, many things change with time and during WW11 people displaed small flags in many forms in their windows for ALL to see and along side hung those little Red-White-Blue cards that showed stars. Blue star symbolized a member of that family was serving---the gold star for sacrifice to the cause of liberty and freedom. You might say now that it was their---WALL.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've got the flag and retirement citation that was given to me when I retired. It is in a frame in my living room. I'll admit I have not hung a flag outside because I haven't gotten to putting up a flagpole.

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