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Evil Wicked Mean and Nasty
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Current Residence: Northglenn Co
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I was watching a program about the flag code and I learned about retiring the American flag and why. I have mixed feelings... 
We retire the American flag when it is no longer bright or a "Good representation of America" and it is, believe it or not, burned symbolically. Retired by fire. And it's pefectly okay, it's the tradition and it's the way it's how we do it. I love America. I love our flag. Anyone who tries to take that away from me is in for a fight they have no idea... a terror to behold. Anihilation will be unavoidable...
Anyway...
I never knew about the proper way to retire a flag. There are a lot of things I didn't know. Every single day most Americans violate laws about the flag and don't even know it. Often they feel they're HONORING the flag. 
What I am torn about is I have a flag in my garage. It was there when I moved in. It's old. You can tell the fabric has been worn thin by the weather and it has a few tears in it. So that right there, by definition, is "Not a good representation of America".
But... 
To me it IS. That flag has seen a lot. It has survived a lot and it is still here. Despite everything that has happened it is defiant against everything that has tried to destroy it. It's a survivor. It's been in the presence of AMERICAN workers in me and the friends I have and the prior owners. It's been in the presence of AMERICAN muscle cars and AMERICAN music and I feel it has absorbed all of that. To me it represents the fight I had to fight for my home. I was homeless for a while. I had to fight for the contract for this house and I had to perservere to keep it. My dream home. It was there, waiting for me, and when I see it I am proud of it. It has so much in common with me and it has a lot in common with many friends of mine. I see it every time I go out to the garage where I build my dreams. I think of the soldiers that have, are, and will defend our country as well as those who died and even the police, firefighters, and the emergency medical response. It might not be perfect, like new, but to me it's proud. To me it represents America as much as it can. It's like a friend to me. A man named David Brown died and if he hadn't given his all and fought in Vietnam I would not be here. He gave his life... and bam... here I am. So I look at the flag and think "I think he'd be honored."
But... tradition says it should be retired. Perhaps the flag wants to be retired, it's done it's job. Maybe David is saying "You gotta do this right, Rich."
So, a question to alll my friend who have served (and no squabbling)... Do I follow the flag code and turn it over to the state to be retired? Or do I follow my heart and keep it because I see something noble in it. I see a spirit of honor in it? 
So, those who have served, I WILL do what you feel is right because YOU sacrificed the most under it. I will do what you say out of respect and love for you and love for the country I live in. I don't want to let it go. But if it's the right thing to do ten I shall do it.

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