My late father, Thomas Turner, God rest his soul, was a very patriotic veteran who was very active in the American Legion near him.

My brother is also still active there and related a story about Dad that happened several years ago but seems very appropriate to the times.

The legion members were very upset about flag burnings and felt people who did such things should be punished. They were spewing upsets about "fighting for the flag."

My dad stood to speak.

"I don't know what you fought for, but I never fought for our flag. I fought for our freedom to fly the flag, wear the flag or burn it!"

We need to remember "rights and freedoms" are we what want to defend, not a piece of material.

I know my dad would be watching the Super Bowl and reminding vets that they fought for the players right to fly, to wear, to burn, to stand or to kneel for our flag!

God bless America.


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