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America's flag means a great deal to many
I am a member of Kent Post 15 of the American Legion, and in that connection, I am a volunteer bugler at Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley.
The Post 15 honor guard is one of many to provide memorial services that include, among various other things, a presentation of a folded American flag to the nearest friend or relative of the deceased veteran.
The presentation of the flag is usually the most emotional and moving part of the ceremony, and Ive seen evidence of that on the faces of many people over the years.
I believe that people react that way because our flag means a great deal to them, especially in the context of service given and sacrifice made.
Allowing the flag to become an instrument of protest through its burning or some other desecration is an insult to those who value what it stands for, and a violation of its intended purpose. Respect for the flag matters to most Americans, and now its time for a constitutional amendment to protect it from those who believe otherwise.
The flag protection amendment is now being considered in Congress, and our senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell will soon be voting on it.
They need to know how the average American feels on this subject, so please contact their respective offices and give them the benefit of your opinion.