I have a friend who sends jokes and other items that are of interest. We all probably have at least someone who does that. I'm paraphrasing the story some, but there was one last week about a schoolteacher who didn't allow her class to sit in their chairs. She asked them how did they earn the right to sit in that chair? The children came up with various responses, but none that suited the teacher. She then had a group of soldiers and veterans come into room with their chairs. The teacher noted that someone sacrificed so they could sit in that chair each day. How often do we take this for granted?
For many years, I lived next door to a trauma surgeon. He had been one of the inventors of MASH units in the Korean War. He was a quiet, respectful, skillful man. I awoke one morning around 5 a.m. and happened to look out the window. Kendall was headed off to the hospital, clearly for an early surgery schedule. But before he left, he was out in the front yard running the American flag up his flagpole. When it reached the top, he stopped and saluted. I suspect he did that many mornings, and I just happened to see it on this particular morning. In doing this, he signified his respect for those who had gone before.
Each and every day, there is someone out there still fighting for us to retain the values and freedom we give little attention to. In this day and age when the threats to us become more complex and less visible, there is someone out there working to protect our freedoms and our way of life. One of the attributes of being a Girl Scout that I appreciate (and other activities don't offer) is a reverence for the flag. Our girls, as well as Boy Scouts, learn about the flag, how to post the colors, and how to respectfully take one out of service that shows signs of age. Too often, with the frenetic pace of life, we don't take the time to consider flying the flag comes at a cost everyday, human cost.
On this Patriot Day, remember many gave an ultimate sacrifice so you could sit in that classroom chair and learn. Thank you to all who have gone before and given so much.