The American flag is beautiful as it unfurls in the wind. I see freedom, hope, happiness, love and forgiveness in those stars and stripes.
It's upsetting to see a tattered flag flying over a business. I've made calls when I witness this. They are usually replaced promptly.
While citizenship chairman for the Hammond PTA, I was happy to replace large flags for schools with flagpoles. I was grateful to furnish smaller flags to classrooms, with the help of American Legion and VFW.
My son, Sgt. Fredrick B. King, came home from Vietnam, in a casket covered by an American flag.
Groundskeepers were removing small flags from Freddie's grave. I found a ditch filled with flags and wilted flowers. A newspaper published pictures, and the removal of flags stopped.
Our flag stands for freedom!
I urge every American to respect it, stand up for it every chance you get.
- Ina Kizziah, Hammond