We are all proud to be an American. We wear our military medals, decorations and we are all in agreement — “Those who gave the supreme sacrifice (their lives) are the real heroes.”
I’d like everyone to think about giving these brave men the respect they deserve by not removing the flags and flag holders from their graves. Would you ever think of throwing away the military awards or medals of your father, son or daughter?
Of course not.
These awards are a way of saying, “I served; I answered our country’s call.”
We, who can still march in parades and pat each other on the back and even, at times, buy each other a beer, can talk about our experiences while serving our country. What about the many men and women who are incapable of marching in parades or patting each other on the back because they now occupy our memorials parks? Who will tell about all their brave deeds and decorations?
These fallen patriots are being recognized by our government through a brass plaque that rests flat on their graves, nonetheless, it’s not easy to see in the grassland unless you are standing directly over the grave.
In addition, some counties would provide a flag holder, and various military organizations would provide the flags. However, this practice becomes very expensive due to some people removing the flags from the graves and taking them home. They are not for the family; they are being placed on the graves of the deceased patriots who have earned this recognition. This is their way of saying, “I served, and I’m proud. Can you see my flag?”
I ask you, please do not confiscate their well-earned and deserved recognition. Do not remove the markers and/or flags from the veterans’ graves. Allow them their moment of recognition and respect.
Joseph M. Boylan