I received word today that someone attempted to steal the flag again from Memorial Park. Is this true? If it is I am in a near fury!
So please, the following words are to the person who is responsible:
If this is a prank, it is **** sure not at all funny. I want you to look at the pictures of the flag ceremony. I want you to look and see the reverence that Mr. Nyberg offered that simple piece of cloth, hugged close to his heart. Did you know that they asked my mother to hold the flag up to her cheek, to breathe on it as if to give the flag a spirit of its own? Did you see the tears flowing unashamed from grown men and women? Did you feel the pride that rode along side the flag when it was raised proudly to the top of the pole? Maybe if you had, then you too would understand the deep emotion that the flag and what it represents stirs deep in within these veterans. If you did, then maybe then you will understand what you take away from these proud men and women who serve our country and how you insult their dedication. Maybe then you will see the pain you cause even to people 10,000 miles away with your selfishness.
I don't give a **** if you don't support the current war. I don't care if you think our President is a complete idiot. Frankly, I don't even care if you care for what I think. That is what is great about America is that we can agree to disagree.
However, I most vehemently do care that you wish to protest your displeasure with an asinine, immature, and selfish so-called prank. The blood of patriots is flowing over Iraq so you can have the freedom to voice your displeasure in a healthy and open format -- not by demeaning the value of the sacrifice of those here through amoral behavior.
I am a healer, and I am looking deep in my heart to forgive you, but also know that the hurt you cause with this act is nigh impossible to heal and very difficult to forgive.
If you want a flag so bad, I would be happy to proivide one to you as well. One that has flown proudly in the dirt, smoke, and in honor of our bravest Americans. To them the flag is not just some piece of cloth, but it is a concept worth dying for, it is a promise worth fighting for. In fact, when I get home in December, I will personally deliver it to you where you can look me in the eyes and prove you are worthy of this national treasure. I am curious as to what I will see.
Don't you dare blaspheme this sacred trust.
To the rest of Tomahawk, I ask vigilance. I ask that you protect the flag which stands for all of those of us here in Iraq who are protecting you.
<small>[ March 27, 2007, 12:08 AM: Message edited by: MedicDVG ]</small>
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