Monday, September 8, 2008

It Matters Not WHY

"I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself, the pictured suggestion of that big thing which makes this nation. My stars and my stripes are your dream and your labors. They are bright with cheer, brilliant with courage, firm with faith, because you have made them so out of your heart. For you are the makers of the flag and it is well that you glory in the making." ~Franklin Knight Lane

What is the truth behind this picture? According to several internet sources, 84 trash bags full of American flags were found around dumpsters, following the Democratic National Convention. The DNC responds "I mean, c'mon, we were never ever going to throw out flags."

A strong serving of "vegetable soup of emotions" has settled inside me. It matters not how or why this picture came to be.

This image slays me.

On one side... if anyone was truly this disrespectful of our flag, I feel nauseated.
On another side, if this picture was "staged" and our flag was used in such a cruel political game, I feel ashamed.

Our sons and daughters have fought for generations under this emblem of greatness. Under no circumstances should our Banner of Freedom be abused!

The outside of my home is adorned with an American flag. The inside of my garage is the home of flags which have become tattered and torn from the elements. One day The American Legion Post will receive my flags for proper disposal.

What does this picture portray of our nation? In my heart, I know we are better than this... I realize this one photo may be receiving far more media coverage than it deserves. I acknowledge the fact, I could cruise through my small town and snap pictures of over a hundred flags waving proudly.

It matters not why or how this photo came to is just wrong.

May Almighty God Bless Us All!


Hammer said...

The dem convention was over for 5 days. A vendor clenaing up found the flags in the bags next to the dumpster.

The Democrats claim that they were going to go get them and McCain stole them.

You are right it is nauseating.

AirmanMom said...

Hammer... thank you for the additional information. I was hesitant whether or not to even comment on this photo...but truly I became completely nauseated and just had to write.

Christopher's mom said...

They wee going to go get them from where? Do you really think McCain would stoop this low and steal flags? I just do not see it happening.No matter what happened this sickens me.

AirmanMom said...

christopher's mom..personally, I don't believe there was stealing involved. I read a snippet where a spokesperson for DNC implied the flags were "planted", honestly..I don't know. I don't care who did what or why. Bottom line, it was done and it is a horrible sight. Thus my reason for addressing the photo.
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Beth E. said...

I agree wholeheartedly with you!

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. Once I figure out how to position pictures and text, I'll be a pro! :o)

Debbi (no 'e' on the end) said...

You said it all very well...I just wish they would stop all this & just focus on the issues. What a concept huh?

AirmanMom said...'re doing a great job! Keep on blogging! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

debbi... thank you for your kind words. The media focusing on (and accurately reporting) issues would be a wonderful beginning...don't you agree? Opinions belong on blogs, not the 6 o'clock news...oh no... do I feel another post coming????

Tonjia said...

nothing in this picture proves to me it is outside of the DNC. It could be a gymnasium where a group is preparing to send flags to a military base overseas and the flags were wrapped to protect them before shipping.

come on guys, dont believe everything you read....