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Comment on flag and knee

October 15, 2017
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Letter to the Editor:

July 5, 2007, 8 a.m., a beautiful summer day. I, my wife and five kids are standing in front of St. Elizabeth's Church. A black hearse pulls in front of the church. Inside is our youngest son S.S.G.Adam. I almost go to my knees, but know I have to hold up.

Two men get out and open the back door. Our son's flag-draped casket is taken out and brought into the church. It's hard to believe that under that flag is our son just back from two tours of combat in Iraq.

I think back to his senior high school picture in front of the flag. How he went right out of school to become a soldier.

We follow our son past the Patriot Guard, past the packed church to the front where we have some alone time. I wanted to put Adam's medals on top of his flag draped casket but was told nothing goes on top of the flag so I put them on his chest. He looked handsome in his dress blues.

After the funeral, after the volley, the flag that draped Adam's casket was briskly folded and presented to his mother with words like "on behalf of a grateful nation this flag is presented to you."

I would like the millionaire players who kneel to disrespect our flag tell this Gold Star family - why?

Tony Sheda

Wrenshall, Minn.



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