Friday, October 24, 2014
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

Lost & Found

Lost: Diamond set in gold mounting prongs, fell off my wife's wedding ring, in Floresville, reward offered. 210-867-1319.
If you are missing a pet in Floresville, be sure to check the Floresville holding facility. Animals are only kept for 3 days. Contact Las Lomas K-9 Rescue, 830-581-8041.
FOUND - Heifer on East Lupon Rd in St. Hedwig. Must Identify. Contact (210) 296-1988 - 10/22/14
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Warehouse workers/driver's helpers - Seasonal full-time positions with potential for occasional OT, must be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for extended periods, ability to operate electric pallet jack preferred. Apply in person at 1371 FM 1346, La Vernia. No phone calls please.
The City of Stockdale is accepting applications to fill the full-time position of Field Employee. A Class ‘D’ Water or Waste Water license preferred but not required to apply for job position. A complete job description and application may be  obtained from Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at City Hall, 700 W. Main St., Stockdale, Texas 78160. Deadline to submit a job application is by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014. The City of Stockdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
Blogs header-Segel blog header

Tell It Like It Is


They Bled So We Could Honor Our Flag




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
Thomas Segel is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.

September 10, 2011 | 1170 views | 2 comments

Harlingen, Texas, September 10, 2011: Mixed in among the many tributes being offered by the media on the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attack on our country was a news item that brought me as much heartache as revisiting the horrors of that fateful day. Brookline, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts was contemplating a demand by a group known as the Brookline Political Action For Peace, that the reciting by students of the Pledge of Allegiance must no longer be allowed in public schools.

Just think about that for a moment. In the history of this country more than one million four hundred thousand men and women have fought and died under that flag. Tenfold that number have shed their blood just so students, teachers, parents...all Americans, would have the right to stand free and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Now we have a despicable group of individuals who have given voice to a demand that students no longer learn or recite that promise to their nation. The rationale for making this demand is that reciting such a pledge is reflective of what takes place in totalitarian regimes. What is even more disgusting is the idea that any school administration would even allow such a demand to be considered.

I immediately thought back to the 1960s when I was a member of the Military Advisory Group in Vietnam. We wore civilian clothing, lived in civilian quarters, drove civilian’s vehicles and displayed no military markings. There was no wearing or displaying of the American Flag. I cannot put into words feeling of despair that would come over me every time I looked up and saw that Vietnamese yellow flag with red stripes waving overhead. This was not the flag of my country, but I was being asked to risk my life under that banner.

We have all heard stories of our brave POWs and how they continued to honor their flag under the most trying of circumstances. One of my remembrances is a story told by Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona. During the years he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, McCain was incarcerated along with fellow American Mike Christian. He recalls that Christian was a Naval Aviator who was commissioned from the ranks and later earned his wings. The Selma, Alabama native created a small American Flag out of bits and pieces of cloth taken from his and fellow prisoners clothing. The POWs would display the flag secretly and say the Pledge of Allegiance whenever possible. One day, the Vietnamese discovered the flag hidden on Christian’s body. It was taken away and he was severely beaten. When the officer regained his strength, he immediately started to fashion another American Flag.

I can proudly say that the schools attended by my grandchildren still proudly honor our flag. I recall one Veteran’s Day ceremony at my granddaughter’s school. All veterans were honored and everyone gathered outside under the flagpole. The Colors of our Nation were raised and everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance. What kind of despicable human being would want to deny such experiences to any student?

Sadly, all of the Americans who bled and died under our flag gave their lives just so people like this could make such vile protests.

Semper Fidelis
 
« Previous Blog Entry (September 9, 2011)
 


Your Opinions and Comments
 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
September 12, 2011 8:32pm
 
 
... Read More Read More
 
 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
September 10, 2011 10:14pm
 
 
New post.
 

Share your comment or opinion on this story!


You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Tell It Like It Is
No other articles are currently available in this section.
Tell It Like It Is bio
Sacred Heart SchoolWilson's Auto ChooserChester WilsonHeavenly Touch homeDrama KidsAllstate & McBride RealtyVoncille Bielefeld homeBlue Moon Karaoke & DJTriple R DC Experts

  Copyright © 2007-2014 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.