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Letter to the editor: Respect for our flag

During the past month, a letter to the editor contributor, A. Martin, has taken the pen to ridicule our government and our national ensign. While we veterans and Legionnaires respect and defend the right to express an opinion, we also reserve our...

During the past month, a letter to the editor contributor, A. Martin, has taken the pen to ridicule our government and our national ensign.

While we veterans and Legionnaires respect and defend the right to express an opinion, we also reserve our right to take umbrage to the disparagement of our flag.

In a recent letter, the writer stated in part, referring to a statement made by President Reagan commenting on the wall in Berlin, that it "brought a chill and goosebumps to flag wavers who really don't understand why they're waving one."

Trust us, we know why we're waving our flag.

The preamble to our Constitution states, in part, we "safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy" and "to foster and perpetuate a 100 percent Americanism."

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We are reminded of the 26 cemeteries overseas where our fallen heroes, who placed themselves in harm's way to insure our freedom, are buried; our local cemeteries where flags are planted on Memorial Day; and the draped coffins of those for whom we conduct military funerals.

We do understand why we stand, salute and wave our flag, as should all Americans.

Pequot Lakes American Legion Post 49

Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500

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