Salute Your Flag!

Last night my dad and I went to a Los Angeles Dodgers exhibition game against the Angels at Dodger Stadium. Well, as the announcer asked all to rise and remove their caps for the singing of the national anthem by some lady, I looked to the huge waving flag in center field. As I put my hand over my heart, she began singing. Pride welled up in my heart as I thought of those words: “Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light. What so proudly we held…” Then I glanced around.

What? What was this? Why weren’t some of these people saluting the flag? Why wasn’t their hand over their heart? “Whose broad stripes and bright stars were so gallantly gleaming…” That guy! Why is he eating peanuts! How rude! Do you know how many soldiers are overseas right now dying so you can eat peanuts at a baseball game in safety!? How dare he?

Of course, my blood was boiling. “And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there…” Even some of the baseball players who didn’t grow up in this country were saluting the flag! They realize the awesome privilege it is to live in this country.

“Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave…” Stupid peanut man. “O’er the land of the free…” Ungrateful citizens. “And the home of the brave.”

But as I glanced around during the end of the song, I saw a family sitting a few rows in front of us. The father and mother had their hands over their hearts and they were singing along, eyes fixed on the flag. The children, who were probably 9 and 6, were doing the same thing. Their eyes never left the flag. My heart swelled in pride and I remembered that there are good people left in this great country! God bless these citizens and God bless America!

If I Die Before You Wake…

I just watched this video and am wiping tears out of my eyes. This is all too true. I love these soldiers and they deserve our respect and support for all they are going through.

God bless America and God bless these soldiers!

Flags of our Fathers-Part 2

As I said in my last post about Flags of our Fathers, I found this great story in the book so I thought I’d post about it. It reads:

And at his last stop on the island, at the high seawall the Marines had to surmount to get onto Tarawa, Howlin’ Mad (a Marine leader) saw an example of Marine valor. Sherrod wrote that the party saw “a Marine who is leaning in death against the seawall, one arm still supported upright by the weight of his body. On top of the seawall, just beyond his upraised hand, lies a blue-and-white flag, a beach marker to tell succeeding waves where to land. Says Holland Smith, ‘How can men like that ever be defeated? This Marine’s duty was to plant that flag on top of the seawall. He did his duty, though it cost him his life. Semper fidelis meant more to him than just a catchphrase.'”

What a great story of a patriot’s sacrifice for our country. May we never forget all that those men and women of generations gone by have done so we may sit here today in freedom. I am so thankful for people like this man who was not concerned with the “cruelties of war” or of “simply bringing peace.” I’m glad he stood up and said, “I love America enough to die for her! I will do my duty no matter the cost!” Oh for more men and women who will stand in the ranks of such patriots and heroes. We are not worthy of such sacrifice! God bless America!

Two New Books

Well, as I mentioned on my personal blog, my family and I came to Santa Barbara for a few days. We drove up past Santa Barbara to a town called Solvang. Its an old German/Dutch town with a bunch of little cultural shops and stuff. It was really neat.

Well, of course as we were driving down “Main Street” I spotted the little shop with a wooden sign that simply said “books”. That was all I needed to make my day. After we parked, I dashed off to the little bookstore.

While their History section wasn’t that big, they did have some books I had never seen. I took my time browsing their history and biographies sections. There were some pretty good books, but I picked up two that I thought looked interesting.

The first one is entitled
“Washington’s Spies: The Untold Story of America’s First Spy Ring” by Alexander Rose. Sounds cool.

The second one is entitled “The Spies Who Never Were: The True Story of the Nazi Spies Who Were Actually Allied Double Agents” by Hervie Haufler (WW2 vet). I’m not recommending these books just yet. I haven’t read them, but after I do, I’ll give my full report and approval or disapproval.

Now I know both books are about spies, but that wasn’t on purpose. Even the clerk who rang up the books asked me if I was training with the CIA. (He guessed my secret so I had to knock him off.)

Yeah, that was an accident, but they definitely sound interesting. And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the quotes from Flags of our Fathers. They’re still to come. Until then, God bless the USA!

Flags of Our Fathers

This Christmas I spent numerous hours in several bookstores across the country. On my way to Tennessee for the holiday, I stopped in many airports. One was Cincinnati. That was the nicest airport I’ve been in. It was very clean and not crowded at all. But the best part was the Borders bookstore they had in the airport. I had a three hour layover and found myself hurrying to my gate ten minutes before we were to leave. I spent the entire time there. But that was only one of the several “book” stops on my trip.

Between Borders, Barnes and Noble, and other smaller bookstores, I managed to grow my home library by nearly 20 books! And of course, they were all history books. I actually had to expand my library to another wall of my room and I now have my own “History” section.

I picked up a wide array of books from a biography on Princess Diana, to three historical fiction books about the Civil War, to a book detailing the struggles of the people inside the Twin Towers on 9/11, to a biography about a CIA spy, etc. I plan on writing book reports of all these books on here over the course of the next year, but I have just started my reading.

The one book I picked up that I chose to read first was Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley. Yes, I know it is a movie but I would rather read the book first. I love the fact that it was written by the son of one of the flagraisers. It gives it that extra insight no one else could have.

So far the book is amazingly great. It is well-written and is detailed in its follow of the lives of each flagraiser. I am just barely scratching the surface of the book but am greatly pleased so far! As a writer it is hard for me to read a book that is not well-layed out or well-written. But this book has been easy to follow and is very interesting.

I found two paragraphs I liked last night. Two paragraphs that summed up the American mentality at that time in our country. In my next post I will post those comments and will be commenting on them. I think you will find them patriotic, loyal, courageous, and truly American. Until then, God bless the USA.

Why I Started This Blog

Why start another blog when I already have one? Well, lately I have been posting alot about how I love America. I met a guy named Chris a little over a month ago who is in the Navy and serves on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. They are deployed over in the Arabian Sea right now. We have been corresponding and have become good friends. I am so proud of him. I love America and I love our soldier boys who fight for our freedoms. (I wrote a whole post about it on my other blog.) Well, this afternoon I received an email notifying me that someone had posted a comment on my blog. I was all fine and dandy till I read that comment. It was some guy from Great Britain who was bashing our troops and our involvement in Iraq! Like any good, red-blooded Yankee, I blew up. I was livid. How dare he? And, very politely I think, I replied to him and answered his questions. But I was so livid. (And still am!)

**I had written more to this post but obviously it was accidentally erased. Well, basically that guy fired up my “Pro-America” genes and I decided to create this blog. This blog is basically going to be anything and everything about America. It will be Pro-America. Pro-Right wing. Pro-Bush. Pro-Iraqi War. Pro-military. Pro-American freedoms. Pro-everything that has made America great. I know not everybody will agree with me. But oh well. There are enough anti-American blogs out there. This is my place to get out how I feel about America.

I’m not looking for debate, discussion, or arguments. I do moderate comments and will not post any that I feel are anti-America. I invite feedback. I would love to hear from you. Just don’t bash my country. So, thanks for reading and let me know what you think!

Favorite Patriotic Song

God Bless the USA

by Lee Greenwood

 

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there’s pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.