My father, a true American patriot, died last year. He landed on Omaha Beach, D-Day-plus four, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and inside Germany. Upon returning from WWII, Dad joined his local VFW and was a member for more than 50 years. For many of those years, Dad led the Honor Guard that presented the American flag to the next of kin at military funerals. Two years ago, my siblings, Dad, and I were having a discussion about protesters burning the American flag. Dad said, “Well, if a guy burns his own flag, that’s his right. Just don’t burn mine.” Dad fought an enemy, Nazi Germany, which imprisoned and executed citizens who dared to speak out against it. He would support the right of athletes to protest by kneeling during the National Anthem.
Dan Schmitt, Elk Grove
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