Veteran lends perspective to recent flag flap

I am a combat veteran from Vietnam. I served two tours in the infantry and was engaged in some of the most violent fighting of that war. I do not consider it an insult to our flag, our military or our way of life if some choose to kneel during the playing of our national anthem.

I do consider it an insult to our flag when people ignore the anthem, continue to talk, eat, fidget with something, fail to remove their hats, etc.

I do consider it an insult to our flag when I see people wearing swimsuits, shirts or pants made of the flag, wiping their mouth on a flag decorated napkin or allow our flag to drag along the ground.

I do consider it an insult to our flag when during parades or presentations, people fail to remove their hats, remain seated in lawn chairs along the side the road watching a parade, drinking, eating with complete disregard for the passing of the colors.

It appears that children today are not taught what respect for the flag means and what actions are expected. Learning to do that starts with parents and in school.

I, personally, would not kneel or do anything else than what standard protocol calls for when present when our national anthem is played, or the colors are passing by. I do so, because I believe it’s the right thing for me to do, but I fault no one who chooses to kneel.