Hypocrisy on Memorial Day
I wonder how the school superintendents and principals that sent Johnny home from school because he wore a United States flag on his t-shirt spend their Memorial Day?
Certainly it is some type of compensated vacation day in which they eat a few hot dogs and fake a little reverence for veterans. But what of the other days of the school year?
Johnny, the one you sent home from school because he was wearing the nation’s flag on his t-shirt, probably has a few veterans in his family tree -- men and women who served the country, saluted the flag, and perhaps were even wounded or killed.
Does the administrator, principal, or bureaucrat who sends Johnny home ever consider the dishonor to veterans when they choose to protect their precious jobs and pensions over recognizing honor and duty performed?
Imagine how Harlon Block, Rene Gagnon, Mike Strank, Ira Hayes, John Bradley, or Franklin Sousley would react if they had been told that someday their nieces, nephews, or grandsons would be sent home from school for wearing the United States flag on a t-shirt. Those six men, who participated in the famous Iwo Jima flag raising, and those men who sounded the ships horns and cheered from the beaches as the flag was raised, couldn’t have imagined such a national attitude as exists today. Indifference and political correctness trumps patriotism.
Respect for veterans and their families should be continued throughout the year, not just on the day those overpunctilious superintendents and principals fake their reverence.