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Full Frontal Attack on America!

We are being attacked! Where are the news flashes? Is it like the foreigners that executed the 9/11 plan?

Was it like the foreigners that attacked Pearl Harbor? Was it like the enemy that was dug in on the beaches of Normandy? NO! It was the Clackamas Town Center Mall management. Yes, an American company on American soil! They deemed the American Flag display on a kiddie train as “UNAPPROVED VISUALS”. Their words, not mine.

How long have they been off their medication? My hero, Mr. Thomas Phelps, refused to remove the flag. A REAL PATRIOT! How many of you would be willing to take this stand?

This is the kind of push back we need to see more often. They are in our faces with this assault and we need to stand strong. Like many who have fought for our freedom, stand your ground, DON’T GIVE UP!

They gain a little here and a little there and then what’s left?

Why aren’t we horrified by these attacks? They are attacks!

When did it start?  Who started it?  Will it end?  When?

When we think of an attack of horrific proportion, we think of the lives lost in Pearl Harbor. We were outraged!

Then we think of 9/11. How could they? Innocent people lost their lives.

But what about the attacks that aren’t as blatant? Those that aren’t considered historic or monumental attacks,
but are attacks that have been waged slowly over the years, undermining our foundation of freedom?

Attack: “The Constitution is outdated, no longer necessary and doesn’t pertain today.”
Time magazine wrote the Founding Fathers could not have understood things of the future, such as the internet, spaceships and weapons of mass destruction.
Thank God they didn’t. They focused on the one constant that would always go awry without checks and
balances: mankind.

They knew that without basic guidelines, men would ruin this new country that they were helping to shape and create. They didn’t want a king because they knew firsthand that a monarchy government had not worked.
As simply stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths” (a truth is an absolute — not up for discussion) “That all men are created equal” — wait a minute.
If we are all created equal, why am I blind in one eye? My neighbor isn’t. Why isn’t my house as big as the guy’s down the street?
Oh! — we are created with an equal ability to pursue success. We are free to be designers of our own destiny,
to worship where and when we wish, or if we so choose. You won’t find these opportunities under a monarchy.
Should we just blindly trust what our rulers — sorry — I mean leaders in the form of the president and Congress say in the moment? Or should we continue to use the Constitution as
our country’s guidance system?

Attack: Eugene City Council (Oregon) decides no more Pledge of Allegiance.
they say “It’s way too divisive”.
A city in the United States of America, protected by the Constitution, protected by the American military,
supported by American tax dollars, finds the pledge to the United States divisive.
I agree!

The Constitution was meant to be divisive. It was meant to separate us from other nations and set us apart from the way other nations do business.
So, I pledge allegiance to the flag, (Why? Because of what it stands for. The flag is backed up by the Constitution, like our money is backed by gold, never mind that they’ve already ruined that.) of the United States of America, (this great country) and to the Republic, (not a democracy, a republic, and representative government by the people) for which it stands, one nation, (not one world union) under God, (Deal with it. Why? Because the minute humankind thinks he gets his marching orders from himself, we are all doomed.) with liberty (freedom to do anything you want within the law without trampling on someone else’s freedom) and justice (by a group of your peers, not a dictator that takes you out and has you shot because they think personally don’t like you or what you did) for all (rich, poor, short, tall, black, white, Christian, Jew, Atheist, man or woman).
We need to understand that the American way of life gives us the freedoms to be anything we want to be.

A single mom from South Central L.A. can be the next Sally Ride. The inner-city kid, who has only seen drugs and poverty, can be the next Donald Trump.
The system was never set up to guarantee happiness and prosperity. The guarantee was just that all Americans would all have access to opportunities for success.
You have to have an allegiance to something. You have to have a faith in something bigger than yourself. Otherwise, you are adrift with no solid foundation.
America is attacked every day at the core, chipping away at the pledge and what it stands for, the Constitution and what it stands for, the foundation our forefathers set up.
The Constitution was put together by men with a single vision. They did not necessarily have the same approach, but with one purpose in mind, they set in motion unity, peace, liberty and freedom for all citizens.
As these things give way and erode, so does the American way of life. Stand up to the attacks on our foundations. Fight back, America. Stay vigilant. Honor those who went before you. Don’t give an inch.

Joe Messina
Syndicated Talk Show host
The Real Side Radio Show
http://therealside.com
@joemessina

The Story of Our Flag

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In honor of Flag Day, this video from 1938, narrated by Douglas Hamilton, tells the story of the flag of the United States from the colonial flags to the stars and stripes of today.

 

 

Patriotism Alive in an Oklahoma School

February 24, 2012

Earlier in the week one of my grandsons asked me to pick him up for school about 15 minutes earlier than normal. Mrs. Cheri Robinson’s 5th grade class at Claremont Elementary School in Claremore, Oklahoma was putting on a program for their Sunrise Assembly, an event held every Friday morning. He needed to be there early to get into his costume for the program. He didn’t say much else and I didn’t really ask any questions. I naturally thought of it again this morning and asked him what they were doing. “We’re having a ‘President’s Day’ play”. Okay, this should be interesting. Probably a cute little skit to start everyone’s day, I thought. I go to events involving all of my grandchildren when I can, and even go out of my way to attend. I am glad I went to this one.

A few days ago I read about a school somewhere, don’t remember or care where, that had a ruckus over children being taught to sing and chant praises to Barack Obama. Parents were outraged and put a stop to it. This is not the first time I have heard about this kind of thing happening in recent years. It seems to have become pandemic in our nation’s public school system, but has it?

For those of us born in the immediate post World War II era, this has a chilling effect. I remember my parents talking about, and remember growing up seeing newsreel films about, elementary school children in cute little swastika adorned uniforms giving the Nazi salute, and singing and chanting praises to Adolph Hitler. The school children singing and chanting praises to Hitler in the newsreels were the young adults who implemented the Holocaust. This is beginning in our own country.

Outrage is the proper attitude of parents at this kind of indoctrination. This kind of school activity is what gets reported in all of the national news, they love it. This promotion of the adoration of Obama, or any politician, is what the media is interested in for the most part.

The incident I just related to you isn’t the end of the story. I have another story to tell you- set in the “Bible Belt”, the “Breadbasket of America”, “flyover country”, the land of “bitter people clinging to their Bibles and guns”. This is the story of a much different message being taught to our children.

Let me take you back to tiny Claremore, Oklahoma on a windy and chilly Friday morning; and the 5th grade class of Mrs. Cheri Robinson, Claremont Elementary School. The Sunrise assemblies are held in the school gymnasium/cafeteria, probably the one area in any structure in this entire nation that has no acoustic values at all. In this gymnasium every child’s whisper sounds like a shout and every shuffle of an elementary student sounds like a load of books being dropped.

Trying to hear and understand lines from nervous students who are speaking very softly and meekly into the microphone in this environment isn’t a walk in the park for these old ears. As I walked in I saw my grandson, his teacher, and his classmates on the stage, all decked out in colonial looking costumes, some with construction paper hats depicting the style of the time.

The program started out with the Pledge of Allegiance, a salute to the flag of the State of Oklahoma, the school creed, the 8 steps of character building , and the teacher’s creed; all led by Mrs. Robinson’s students. I noticed the children around me during the Pledge of Allegiance. Each of them stood razor straight, hand over heart, looking at the flag, and saying the pledge like they meant it. These are K-5th kids, 5-11 year olds. This all finished up and a student stepped up to the microphone.

As the first student began to speak you could have heard a pin drop. About 300 or so kids 5-11 years old sat riveted like what was being said was important and mattered. The students stepped up to the microphone, each at their time, and spoke clearly, concisely, loudly, and sincerely about the flag of The United States of America and those men and women who gave us this great nation.

Their tribute to our flag, our nation, our founders, and our veterans brought tears to this old soldier’s eyes and a lump the size of a basketball to his throat. I was so proud at that moment to be a grandfather, to be a veteran, to be a guest at this assembly; and most of all, proud to be an American. I was particularly proud of my grandson, Jacob. He stood so tall, and spoke with such volume, clarity, and meaning. The expression on his face and the way he carried himself when he spoke showed a genuine sincerity in his heart. This was a boy of 11, one of about 25 children, all with a genuine joy in their hearts to be doing this, to be honoring those who gave so much for freedom.

I have tried to instill an appreciation and a love of this nation in all of my children and grandchildren. I have talked a lot with this particular grandson about our nation’s past, present, and future; sometimes much to the chagrin of his mother and grandmother. I am often told, “too much information for an 11 year old”. I have wondered how much of it really got through and how much was “okay, Grandpa, that’s great, can I go play now?” Today I found out.

I was also once again reminded that I am not alone in my quest to see my grandchildren grow up with a love and appreciation of our founders, our heritage, and for those who keep us safe and free. This is not an isolated case in the Claremore School System. This is very much the rule here. This needs to be the rule rather than the exception in every school. Mrs. Robinson is teaching our children the true values that made this nation great. I can’t say “THANK YOU” strongly enough.

I hope this program of patriotism at Claremont Elementary School gets as much, or more, national attention as the activities of a school promoting dictatorship, and the worship of a ruler. Claremont’s play from this morning is the kind of activity we need to be publicizing. These students weren’t paying tribute to a leader or a political party, or even a flag. They were paying tribute to an idea, a concept of freedom, to a value system, and to the great men and women who “pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their Sacred Honor” for future generations. This is what students are taught in the Claremore Public Schools.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma
February 24, 2012

So What Does Michelle Obama Really Think About Our Flag?

Here’s a video that’s making its way around the internet, and is causing quite a stir. It requires some lip-reading, so get ready.

 

So what do YOU think she said? There’s a lot of different opinions floating around the internet. Here are some of the suggestions of what other people think Michelle Obama said. What do you think? Leave your comments.

  • All this just for a flag.
  • All this for a damn flag.
  • All this for a f***ing flag.
  • Look how they fold that flag.
  • Look how they fold the damn flag.
  • Look at how they fold the damn flag.
  • Something else, I can’t tell.
  • Something else, I think she said…….
  • There’s no way to tell.

 

AmericanFlags.com to Give Away Up to One Million Free Flags in Honor of 9/11 10th Anniversary

HOLBROOK, N.Y., Sept. 8, 2011 — AmericanFlags.com announced today that it plans to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by giving away up to one million free American flags. The free flag promotion runs from Thursday, September 8th to Sunday, September 11th at midnight and is designed to fuel national pride.

“The incredible patriotism displayed in the days, weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks helped pull America through some very tough times,” said AmericanFlags.com President/CEO Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds. “American flags adorned every home, school and business in the fall of 2001, but now many have disappeared or are flying in a tattered state,” he said. “At AmericanFlags.com, we want to do our part to ensure that EVERY American properly flies the American flag in support of freedom and in support of those here and abroad who still to this day are fighting to preserve our safety.”

The free American flags being distributed by AmericanFlags.com are regulation-size 3′ X 5′ printed flags that generally sell for $14.99 on the site. Quantities are limited to six per person and customers pay only for shipping and handling. AmericanFlags.com is owned and operated by Precision Marketing Solutions, Inc., a privately held corporation based on Long Island, just outside of New York City. AmericanFlags.com features American flags of all sizes as well as historic flags, military flags, state flags, world flags, sports flags and decorative garden banners. Visitors can claim their free flags at http://www.AmericanFlags.com.

Salute the Flag: Paramount Pathway to Prosperity

   It is in the American flag and our unwavering respect to it that our hope and future lies. Time and honor can be represented in multifarious ways while significant signals act as bread crumbs to our quickly fleeting past. The American flag and our salute are both a  monumental mighty embodiment of America which accompany us daily.

   As generations grow more independent from antiquated traditions they inevitably grow more separated and detached from the roots of commencement and the traditions which brought them paradise in the form of the most felicity filled and prosperous nation to ever exist on earth.  The constant encouraged nurturing of these traditions, these frameworks which are works of masterpiece sustenance and infinite useful reminders of our deeply woven and embedded patriotism, are crucial in the future generation’s understanding of duty bound patriotism.  A goal of mine is to be a beacon of light shinning bright illustrious beams on symbols of our freedom.

It all started so subtly one hundred and nineteen years ago in 1892 when James Upham and Francis Bellamy decided the Pledge of Allegiance should be accompanied by a hand salute.  The National Columbian Public School Celebration of Columbus Day was the event that needed a program and Upham and Bellamy had just the thing.  They wrote out the pledge for The Youth’s Companion magazine and while verbally reciting it Upham instinctively held out his arm, palm upward, toward an invisible flag he could see so clearly in his mind.   By September 8th 1892 part of the official program of the National Columbian Public School Celebration of Columbus Day specified in the instructions that students were to accompany the Pledge of Allegiance with a military salute or your hand over your heart.

Various styles of saluting were used from 1892 until 1935 including a straight armed palm facing down salute.  Citizens were beginning to complain in 1935 because of the striking similarity to the most popular hand salute and that of the German “Heil Hitler” salute, arm extended to the flag and the palm facing down.  Finally in December 1942 congress officially sanctioned a flag salute, holding your right hand over your heart.

To salute the flag is to recognize with swift acceptance the abundant and extravagant respect for the perfect exemplification of a representation of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Gazing upon the stars on the flag I reminisce about those who have been taken to the sky because of what they have done for this country.  Every time I see the stripes that represented the original colonies and the blood shed it took to get us here it strips away what is divided in me regarding theUnited States of Americadysfunction and it pieces together all harboring sense of liberty in my soul and unifies me with all those surrounding me in our country.

Unity brought forth by appreciation, appreciation brought forth by gunshots. The terrorism that rattled my body is another form of fear and disruption but not dissimilar to the terrorism that stalks and has rattled this country.

Saluting the flag is something more to me than an empty gesture to whispering ghosts. It is something I do willingly with a voluminous gratitude for being on this earth after being shot in Detroit in 2007, ripped to pieces by bullets and remaining alive still on American soil.  When you’re looking at the flag with battle hardened eyes that have looked down upon your own belly only to find blood leaking faster than a rushing rapid out of you, you “get it”.  You get that the flag at its minimum represents the colossal struggle for freedom and it gives you a tragic but enduring solid bond between the memories of fallen warriors and yourself.

Profound veneration lies dormant in our hearts like shadows dancing on walls miles away that we can barley see.  The passion of patriots who left us should be the spark to our inner fires that should already be burning. Every breath at every sunset and every fresh new day at every sunrise is a reason to salute the flag.

In a world that changes in moments so vigorously and spontaneously, we should seek a familiarity that has been with us since birth.  With each salute we make, we are each slowly and progressively pulling our inner swords out of the stone of idealness to create heroes and to create leaders in ourselves.

The flag moves with us in life. Look next time you pass one, see it get caught up in the winds of life just as we are.  Strong, steady, and unshakeable it is in our American flag and our devotion to it that our hope and future lies.

 

Dominic Matich author of Sypheria.

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What Does The Pledge of Allegiance REALLY Mean?

Without a doubt this is familiar to everyone of us, young and old alike:

I pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all.
I pledge of Allegiance to the flag of
the United States of America and to the Republic
for which it stands, one nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and Justice for all.

On any given day, these days, it is nothing to read about yet another school that is “banning” the Pledge of Allegiance; a Home Owners Association (HOA) prohibiting the American Flag to be flown; or someone, somewhere, offended by our beautiful Stars and Stripes.

Although I am sure we are all very familiar with the pledge, I wonder how many people actually know what they are saying when they recite it.

This article will outline exactly what our Founding Fathers planned for the future of this great nation and exactly what the Pledge of Allegiance means to each of us.

Let’s break this down, so we can better understand what our government actually is. We will go line by line- often, word by word.

“I”- This infers ownership.  A person speaking is “inferring to himself or herself” when they say “I”. It is personal.

“Pledge”- “A solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something.” The person speaking is promising or agreeing to what they are saying.

“Allegiance”– Loyalty, dedication, devotion, fidelity, honor, obedience, homage

“to”- A preposition used to express motion or direction toward a noun (person, place or thing), rather than motion or direction away from a noun (person, place or thing.)

“the flag”- A piece of cloth that can be an shape, size combination of colors and design that is customarily attached on one edge to a pole or cord. Common uses of a flag is to represent a nation, state, or organization.

“the United States of America”- An area of land which is governed as a federal republic that is mainly in North America. Fifty (50) individual states and the District of Columbia have come together as one. The nation was colonized primarily by the English and French in the 17th century. During this time, the native Indians were gradually defeated and displaced. Under the British rule there were 13 colonies that declared their independence from Britain in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the colonies. After the War of Independence the nation officially became The United States of America. During the Civil War (1861-1865) the northern states defeated the South. The United States of America is the world’s most productive industrial nation, and exports agricultural products as well. The land consists of the Rocky Mountains in the west, the Great Plains in the center, the Appalachian Mountains in the east, deserts in the southwest, and coastal lowlands and swamps in the southeast. English is the predominant language spoken; Christianity is the largest religion base; the dollar is the currency. The Capital of the nation is Washington, D.C.

“and”– in addition

“to”– A preposition used to express motion or direction toward a noun (person, place or thing), rather than motion or direction away from a noun (person, place or thing.)

“the Republic”- A form of government in which the powers of sovereignty are authorized and entrusted in the people and are executed by the people, either directly, or through representatives chosen by the people, to whom those powers are specially appointed.

“for which it stands”– the position or opinion of someone

“One”– Single, alone, only, solitary

“Nation”– A country with its own government

“Under”– Covered by

“God”– King of kings, Lord of lords, Adonai, Divine Creator, Holy Father

“Indivisible”– Impenetrable, inseparable, joined, permanent,unbreakable, unified indissoluble

“with”– Accompanying, including

“liberty”– Freedom, independence,

“and”– In addition to

“justice”– Lawfulness, fairness, honesty, integrity

“for”– As long as [it’s]

“all”– Entire, total, complete

In breaking things down as we have, it makes perfect sense why there are many who refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. To these people I say- find another country!

Our Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were doing! They knew that it would be all too easy to become complacent with the nation we have.

Abraham Lincoln said it best:

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Sadly, we are seeing this very thing come true. If you do not PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE to this great nation, and do everything in your power to fight to protect and keep the freedoms we have been so blessed with, you are part of the destruction.

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Sources:

Dictionary.com

Thesaurus.com

 

 

 

Boy Scouts of America: Timeless Values, Apathy or Political Correctness?

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The Boy Scouts have a long standing program that has helped to produce many great leaders over its long history – the Eagle Scout. Neil Armstrong, Willie Banks, Rear Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey (WWII Submarine Commander, Medal of Honor recipient), President Gerald Ford (first Eagle to be President), Texas Governor Rick Perry, Sam Walton (Wal-Mart founder) and even “Ozzie” Nelson, to name just a few who have made Eagle and continued on to lead in different fields.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has taken on the issues of atheism and homosexuality and come out with legal decisions in their favor.

Unfortunately, one issue the BSA has faltered on is disrespect for our American Flag in Texas no less.

A friend of mine (and Boy Scout leader) told me of an incident at the summer camp his troop attended. Like he said, “boys will be boys”, but this included the leaders. He went on to tell me about the actions of Troop 758 out of Carrollton, Texas.

“They were the most disrespectful troop I have ever seen.”

During the course of one meal, the Scoutmaster from his troop confronted one boy from troop 758 about his actions and the boy gave him a rude hand gesture and went on his way. The scoutmaster followed the boy to his table and spoke with the leaders of troop 758, but they showed no concern for the boy’s actions and for the most part ignored the concerns of a fellow scout leader.

All indications were that troop 758 was not living up to the honor and traditions of the Boy Scouts of America. The straw that broke the camel’s back was at the Flag Ceremony Friday evening while family members were in attendance.

I could tell by the look on his face that he was about to tell me something that made his blood boil. He continued,

“..while the Flag Lowering Ceremony was in progress, and the rest of the troops were at attention, eyes front, troop 758 was on the porch talking loudly, in their native tongue, Arabic from what I could tell. It wasn’t just the boys but also the leaders, many in class A uniform. Luckily about the time I was just opening my mouth to holler at them another leader from another troop that was standing closer got them quieted down with more tact than I could have mustered at that moment.”

The Boy Scout oath:

Where was the duty to country? It does not matter where you were born or were your family hails from, once you or your family moves to another country to live, you have duties to that country. The duty to respect the symbols and ceremonies of the country applies to all that enter any country, no matter how you personally feel about said country.

Some who read this article will say he just being “racist.” That is not the case at all. He also told me of another troop that was in attendance at this summer camp.

“Troop 810, which was made up mostly of Arabics, from what I could tell, was your standard run of the mill troop. I held conversations with a couple of their leaders at different times and enjoyed talking to them; they displayed the qualities instilled by true scouts.”

The scout leader who experienced the disrespectful actions in question first contacted the Longhorn Council, the local Boy Scout Council for the area that the camp serves, and reported the problems. A week went by and he received no response. He escalated.

He fired off an email to David Burke, who is in public relations with the national headquarters for Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Burke responded promptly that he had forwarded the issue to the proper people. Interestingly enough, my friend received a phone call from Longhorn Council that very afternoon. It turns out that troop 758 was from the Circle Ten Council and the information had been sent to Scott Ferguson, Director of Support Services for Circle Ten Council.

“Mr. Ferguson sent me an email stating that he would be speaking to the leadership of troop 758. A week went by without hearing from Mr. Ferguson, so I shot him another email asking what had been done to rectify the situation. When Mr. Ferguson got back with me he stated, that he has ‘spoken with the Troop Leadership of 758 and they were very sad to receive negative complaints’. The email went on, ‘They would like to apologize if they did anything wrong to offend you and your troop.’”

This is when I thought I might have to give my friend some blood pressure medicine or something stronger to calm him down.

IF they did anything to offend me!? They disrespected my country and can’t understand why I’m pissed! The email stated that the Camp Director felt that no further action was needed. Mr. Ferguson closed the email with, ‘I believe this brings this situation to a conclusion.’ I believe troop 758 owes a public apology to every scout, leader, staff, and family member that was in attendance. I love being involved in scouting but I could not deal with the lack of action on this incident. We truly have reached the end of a time-honored tradition if the Boy Scouts are now politically correct!”

For those of you that are skeptical of the incidents my friend shared for this article, let me assure you that I would not doubt his word. Not only have I known him for long time but he is also an active leader in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle when he was a Boy Scout. I am not calling for a boycott or anything of that nature but I do think that we need to send a clear message to all organizations in this great nation- we WILL stand up for our country whether it is politically correct or not!

 

July 20, 2011: Update- CDN has obtained the actual email correspondence between James Allen, the friend and contact that Benjamin Wallace wrote of and quoted in this article. This is all of the emails, in their entirety, with only the personal email address and phone number of Mr. Allen being redacted.

 


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For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how.
 Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.

-Benjamin Wallace

Oh Say Can You See

I remember several years ago while looking to buy a house the realtor kept bring up properties that had HOA’s (Home Owners Association). I told her don’t even worry about pulling the files on the properties. I knew then that it would just cause grief and trouble if someone tried to tell me what I could do on the property I paid for.

In a single day I read two separate news reports where an HOA is being tyrannical and downright un-American. In one case the HOA is demanding that Fred Quigley- a veteran who fought in Korea and Vietnam- take down his flag pole. Mr. Quigley  proudly flies the flag that he so honorably served, the flag of The United States of America, on this pole.

In the other case, the HOA has halted construction on the home that was to be built by Homes for Our Troops for Sgt. 1st Class Sean Gittens who was paralyzed by an IED.

The HOA in Macedonia, Ohio told Mr. Quigley (I am sorry I could not find out the rank he attained or I would address him as such) he could fly his flag from a stanchion from his home but Mr. Quigley would not hear of it. In a statement concerning the matter, he stated:

“To me, a flagpole is a thing of boldness and is substantial. Putting a flag on your house is like putting a wreath on your door. It doesn’t mean as much.”

The HOA even stated that “landscapers have to work around it” and it would require electricity to be ran to the pole for illumination. OH MY GOSH! A landscaper would have to do what he is paid to do and run a line to the pole for a light. I was actually surprised that the HOA knew that flag etiquette deems that the flag be illuminated in the event it is flown at night.

I am proud to say that Mr. Quigley’s community have rallied around him. Many of his supporters gathered together with him as The American Legion performed a Flag Raising Ceremony at Mr. Quigley’s flag pole.

Sgt. Gittens and his family have been up against a very determined HOA. The HOA in the Evans, Georgia neighborhood have stated that because the Gittenses’ house would be smaller than most of the houses in the area, it would bring down property values even though the house exceeds the minimum square footage. The HOA even had the audacity to request that they build a second story on the house. REALLY?! A disabled veteran who is bound to a wheelchair or bed at all times should be required to build a second story?! The Gittens Family decided to build their new home elsewhere to end the conflict. Homes For Our Troops will now be able to build a home for the good Sgt. And his family without having to battle the HOA the entire time.

John Gonsalves, president and founder of Homes for Our Troops, made a statement saying:

“This home is about freedom and independence adapted to the Gittenses’ needs, but it’s also about roots. Luckily we can enjoy the [American] dream because of people like Sgt. Gittens. So who deserves it more than him?”

I would personally like to take these HOA presidents behind the woodshed and give them a few lessons on how to honor our veterans and OUR flag. There should be no other held in higher regards than those who have put his/her life on the line to defend our great nation and/or do her bidding. It is because of these individuals that we have the freedoms we have today. All of our freedoms have been bought and paid for with the literal blood, sweat, tears of our great men and women who make up our great military. Many have even given their very lives so that you might be free today.

July 4 Update: Ohio Veteran Wins Fight To Fly American Flag On Pole Outside His House

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For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how.
Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.

-Benjamin Wallace