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Flag Gets Little Respect at Parade

Dear Editor:

After attending the parade in Wyalusing on Wednesday evening, as I have done for several years, I feel compelled to write this letter. I am truly appalled at the disrespect some people show for the American flag.

Grown men stand with baseball caps and other hats on their heads, never acknowledging the fact that the flag is passing by. Other people that are sitting in chairs remain seated, instead of standing up and showing their respect.

At the end of the parade was a beautiful float with flags from each branch of service as well as the American flag. The National Anthem was being played. I watched in disappointment as people stood with hats on, laughed and basically didn't acknowledge its existence. One man sitting in a lawn chair, struggled to get up, removed his hat and placed it over his heart. My four-year-old grandson held his cap across his heart with respect.

I'm the daughter of a WWII veteran and the wife of a Vietnam vet. I know the true meaning of patriotism. I am proud to be called an American and proud to place my hand over my heart when Old Glory passes by. Do people really have such disrespect for this symbol of our country or are they without any feeling of pride?

Please, let's show some respect to the colors of our country when they pass by. Remove your cap and stand tall with pride.

This has bothered me for many years, and I felt I needed to address this and try and make a point.

I, as well as every other American, salute the men and women whom are fighting for our country and those whom have fought for us.

God Bless America!

Ree Ann Ross

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