2000-12-30 / Letters

Vet Takes On Weiner

Dear Editor;

After reading an article other day, I have been moved, for the first time in my life, to write a letter to a newspaper.  The article told of the plan of Congressman Anthony Weiner to replace missing or tattered old flags from public places like government offices, schools, veterans posts, and hospitals. 

As a veteran of WW II, I know very well the feeling that you can get looking at those Stars and Stripes waving in the wind.  There is nothing else that brings to mind the spirit of freedom, choice and democracy as does our flag.  This does not only hold true for Americans, but for those around the world that look at our flag and know what it stands for.  It is truly the greatest symbol of the free world.

Getting back to the article, what I found most distressing is that Congressman Wiener was the man talking about replacing the flags.  It is not his intention that I object to, it is the fact that he is hiding behind the flag.  Congressman Weiner is one of those representatives in Washington that voted in favor of a measure that tells us that flag burning is a right covered under our Constitution.

I am tired of hearing the opinions of people who say that it is a Constitutional provision that we should have the freedom to burn the American flag. I understand the importance of our Constitution.  I crawled across the ground on my stomach with thousands of others who fought on beaches, in trees and in trenches to keep those freedoms for all of us.

I am grateful to Weiner for his plan to replace our flags. I would be ever more grateful were he to realize this. If we put up a million flags and burn only one we are desecrating the heart and soul of America.  So please if you really want to preserve all that is meant by the flag, don’t worry so much about the new flags, just make sure that when you put them up, they can’t be burned.

                   JAMES O’SULLIVAN


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