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The First Lady: “All That For A Flag?”

Yes, Moochelle, all that for a flag.

Well, not just “a” flag, it’s actually “The Flag of The United States of America.” I guess it’s confusing to you and I’m positive your husband imagines our fascination with it to correspond with our bitter-clinging ways and small, terrorist minds. I have a somewhat different opinion of it, probably because I’ve done things with that flag your husband has only seen in movies. If he ever watched those movies.
I carried a small Stars and Stripes in my helmet for years, just on the off chance I would be able to raise it over a piece of contested ground…

Many Troopers did the same, even if we weren’t supposed to put them up…

I’ve raised and lowered many a flag, not all our own, over the years.

And one more thing your husband has never done…

I’ve watched my Soldiers fold a Flag. Perfectly. A crisp military fold, then a gentle caress as a white gloved hand smooths the wrinkles, white gloves, stark against the blue union. The Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the burial detail quietly slipping three spent brass casings into the folds, then clasping it to his chest and executing a crisp about face. Then, the movement complete, lowering his arms to me, the Presenter. I salute a slow, mournful rendering of honors. Two seconds to the brow, two seconds back to the position of attention. I then accept the Flag, clasp it to my breast and turn to face the widow, or (God Forbid!) the child. I move and kneel in front of them, lowering the Flag, both hands below, white gloved fingers curling over the top of the fold, and offer it to them with these words, “On behalf of the President of The United States and The People of a grateful Nation, please accept this Flag in Honor of your loved one’s years of faithful service.” I’ve never faltered during the repetition of that sentence, never allowed my voice to catch, but I’ve never had a dry eye as I stand, execute another slow stately salute and move off. It takes several minutes of solitude to regain a modicum of composure.

One day one of my loved ones will receive my flag. I pray that the President it is “on behalf” of is someone who loves his Country as much as I.

nessa
Retired Paratrooper, Biker, Tattoo Artist

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  1. My family has served this country since 1776.
    Our flesh, blood and bone has nourished this country from her beginning, some since the first people crossed the ice bridge looking for a better life.

    We have watched the Flag change with the addition of stars and people coming to the United States of America in order to breathe and live free. By sweat and sacrifice, we’ve defended our Flag, wrote odes to her stalwartness and beauty.

    And when one of our own in her service falls in her defense, the Flag will keep that son or daughter warm to their final resting place. Then to be carefully folded in the proper manner for a loved one to keep.

    All that for a Flag. Our Flag.

    • Thank you for your beautiful remembrance, Pamela. We Americans do honor faith and tradition. We honor those who came before us. We honor those who volunteered and worked and sacrificed for our nation. We contemplate their humble lives and their heroic and not-so-heroic deeds that live in history or in our hearts and minds. We are below our Father who is in heaven and we do not elevate ourselves above our peers or those who have a long road to struggle on.

      We do not weary of our sacred rituals, nor of the story of the beginning of our nation and its unprecedented success.

      Our enemies have only death and destruction in mind, and Americans must never forget what has been granted to us, nor what has been defended to the last full measure.

  2. I watched her expression and body language, even as she was saying such ignorant words, and thought, “that Flag lives because people have died for it.”

    This is the final straw that clearly tells the American people that we have TWO people in the White House totally disconnected to the American people, and their impervious to the heart and soul of the nation. Immigrants give greater allegiance and love to this nation then these two narcissistic creatures.

  3. Anyone a lip reader here? At least HE was trying to pay attention.
    Maybe MEEchelle was chastising him about eating too many fries.

    Wonder if she was/is proud of America at that moment.

    God Bless you Nessa, for your service and unending support to our troops. Something these 2 people in the WH will never understand.

  4. This woman, who doesn’t know how to act in public, deigns to tell people how and what to eat? And when that time comes, nessa, I probably won’t be in attendance, so here’s an advance “thank you for your service” for all you have done, in and out of uniform, and continuing to this day, as you keep on keepin’ on.

    • Thanks Bob, I don’t write these dispatches seeking thanks for my having done a job I loved, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. I do hope that these dispatches of mine help shine a light on the finest Americans I have ever known, those young Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who are out there “keeping up the fire” every day.

  5. Thanks nessa, excellent! I cannot look at that famous photograph in exactly the same way I used to before I read Bradley’s bestseller “Flags of Our Fathers,” a few years ago. For anyone not familiar with the book, three of those six Marines in the picture who are raising our flag on Mount Suribachi, never made it off Iwo Jima. (They were KIA within just a few days of the picture being taken by Rosenthal.) All that for a flag, indeed.

  1. My family has served this country since 1776.
    Our flesh, blood and bone has nourished this country from her beginning, some since the first people crossed the ice bridge looking for a better life.

    We have watched the Flag change with the addition of stars and people coming to the United States of America in order to breathe and live free. By sweat and sacrifice, we’ve defended our Flag, wrote odes to her stalwartness and beauty.

    And when one of our own in her service falls in her defense, the Flag will keep that son or daughter warm to their final resting place. Then to be carefully folded in the proper manner for a loved one to keep.

    All that for a Flag. Our Flag.

    • Thank you for your beautiful remembrance, Pamela. We Americans do honor faith and tradition. We honor those who came before us. We honor those who volunteered and worked and sacrificed for our nation. We contemplate their humble lives and their heroic and not-so-heroic deeds that live in history or in our hearts and minds. We are below our Father who is in heaven and we do not elevate ourselves above our peers or those who have a long road to struggle on.

      We do not weary of our sacred rituals, nor of the story of the beginning of our nation and its unprecedented success.

      Our enemies have only death and destruction in mind, and Americans must never forget what has been granted to us, nor what has been defended to the last full measure.

  2. I watched her expression and body language, even as she was saying such ignorant words, and thought, “that Flag lives because people have died for it.”

    This is the final straw that clearly tells the American people that we have TWO people in the White House totally disconnected to the American people, and their impervious to the heart and soul of the nation. Immigrants give greater allegiance and love to this nation then these two narcissistic creatures.

  3. Anyone a lip reader here? At least HE was trying to pay attention.
    Maybe MEEchelle was chastising him about eating too many fries.

    Wonder if she was/is proud of America at that moment.

    God Bless you Nessa, for your service and unending support to our troops. Something these 2 people in the WH will never understand.

  4. This woman, who doesn’t know how to act in public, deigns to tell people how and what to eat? And when that time comes, nessa, I probably won’t be in attendance, so here’s an advance “thank you for your service” for all you have done, in and out of uniform, and continuing to this day, as you keep on keepin’ on.

    • Thanks Bob, I don’t write these dispatches seeking thanks for my having done a job I loved, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. I do hope that these dispatches of mine help shine a light on the finest Americans I have ever known, those young Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who are out there “keeping up the fire” every day.

  5. Thanks nessa, excellent! I cannot look at that famous photograph in exactly the same way I used to before I read Bradley’s bestseller “Flags of Our Fathers,” a few years ago. For anyone not familiar with the book, three of those six Marines in the picture who are raising our flag on Mount Suribachi, never made it off Iwo Jima. (They were KIA within just a few days of the picture being taken by Rosenthal.) All that for a flag, indeed.

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