Disrespecting This Country

November 1, 2009
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The sky was dark, the moon shined bright, and the lights glistened off the turf as the Friday night game was about to begin. The band started to play “The Star Spangle Banner” and I could not believe what I was witnessing. A group of kids continued on with their business not even paying attention to the flag or the song. It seemed like they did not care. It literally meant nothing to them.

As the song continued, their conversations got louder and you could understand them more vividly. They started to yell and used fowl language. It could have waited until the end of the song, but they thought otherwise. The adults around me started to stare. Their stares soon turned to glares. I felt as if I was shrinking. It was a true disrespect to this country.

The flag is a symbol of America and it deserves respect. People give their lives everyday for that flag defending America. People have always given great respect to the flag. Watching those kids made my generation look bad. They needed to learn how to treat the flag. Respect for the flag should never be something that is lost.

We, young and old, need learn to treat the flag with dignity. It is one of the greatest symbols of our country. The stars and stripes of the red, white, and blue deserve the utmost respect during the national anthem.

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Anonymous said...
May 23, 2011 at 6:05 pm
So true! Thank you for being brave enough to post this. I have been witness to this many times, and am sick of it.
spiritualrevelationrevealspainandrevolution said...
Dec. 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm
its great to feel pride in your nation/flag, ect. but what i hate is when people walk around with attitudes of nationalism, wearing america #1 tee shirts and the like. its kinda like religion, feel pride but dont let it cloud your better judgement
TheBirdman1014 said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Don't force your beliefs on others. I see no reason why every man, woman, and child has to obey your rules and regulations when a certain song is being played, or a symbolic object is waved about.

A flag only has meaning to those that endow it with such. It's fine if you have inner reverence for a piece of cloth, but it's rather rude for you to assume others should have the same.

You can privately do whatever you want to the flag or a song. Dance, jump, sing, pray, anything you ... (more »)

xJuneBugx replied...
Feb. 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm
this is a whole country that were talking about, a country that has seen plenty of tradedy and triumph. were not asking you to WORSHIP the flag, only show some respect for the many people who haved died for it. do you laugh or curse when a hearse drives by?? no. so smarten up and think about others for once.
TheBirdman1014 replied...
Feb. 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Junebug, many of those people who died "defending the flag" have, in actually, died defending the interests of large multinational corporations who use war and conflict as a means to gain greater control on the natural resources of a nation.

The flag is a piece of fabric. Nothing more, nothing less. We should not respect inanimate objects. What we should do, however, is to actively search for acts and events that highlight true bravery and true courage, acts that allow people (reg... (more »)

whatever... said...
Sept. 1, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Disrespect is so popular these days. Why are there so many people that show disrespect? Family life, i believe is a part of it. Even not talking about the flag...there is lots of disrespect.

In schools, for example. Some parents will do anything for thier kids. Others will do ANYTHING. If a teen gets in trouble in school what happens? Often the teens gets kept after school. The parents are contacted.ISS. OSS.

The parents are contacted?



If your kid ... (more »)

Enjoy-The-Silence said...
May 14, 2010 at 10:35 am

I agree here, teenagers, and even some adults show no respect these days. 


I don't care about freedom of speech, if you hate this country, then leave. 

People need to respect our flag, heritage, and our president whether you agree with him or not,

because it is the right thing to do, according to the Christian morals this country was founded on.

ConstanceContraire replied...
Apr. 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm
i've come across this comment a lot if you dont like this country then just leave but what people just dont understand is that maby this person cares enough to stay and try to take care of the problem rather then run away from it plus do you know how exspensive it is to start a new life in another country?
Raspo said...
Nov. 20, 2009 at 9:15 pm
It's great to see some parents are raising kids that have the values that this country was built upon. Thanks PARENTS.
unocal76 said...
Nov. 20, 2009 at 6:47 am
There is hope for the future when some young people understand values like this.There are so many values lost because people don't stand up for what they believe in. Thanks Josh.
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