We only see them here, in whatever condition they exist in at the moment.
Van T Barfoot died, probably doesn’t make a bump in your quotidian life. Well read this, it should change your idea of what an American stands for, where, when and how.
Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flag pole down on his Virginia property a while back? You might remember the news story several months ago about a crotchety old man in Virginia who defied his local Homeowners Association, and refused to take down the flag pole on his property along with the large American flag he flew on it. Now we learn who that old man was. On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg, Texas . That probably didn’t make news back then. But twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy , that same Van T. Barfoot, who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set out alone to flank German machine gun positions from which gunfire was raining down on his fellow soldiers. His advance took him through a minefield but having done so, he proceeded to single-handedly take out three enemy machine gun positions, returning with 17 prisoners of war.
And if that weren’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions.
That probably didn’t make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after also serving in Korea and Vietnam , a well deserved Congressional Medal of Honor.
What did make news…Was hisNeighborhood Association’s quibblewith how the 90-year- old veteran chose to fly the American flag outside his suburban Virginia home.
Seems the HOA rules said it was OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum, items such as Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were “unsuitable”.
Van Barfoot had been denied a permit for the pole, but erected it anyway and was facing court action unless he agreed to take it down.
Then the HOA story made national TV, and the Neighborhood Association rethought its position and agreed to indulge this aging herowho dwelt among them.
“In the time I have left”, he said to the Associated Press, “I plan to continue to fly the American flag without interference.” As well he should. And if any of his neighbors had taken a notion to contest him further, they might have one well to read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it indicates Mr. VanBarfoot wasn’t particularly good at backing down.
WE ONLY LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE! AND, BECAUSE OF OLD MEN LIKE VAN BARFOOT!
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Some of you I know, know this. But for the ones who don’t it will be very interesting. This is the origin of and the words to “Taps”.
Be it Memorial Day or any other day, let us never forget the sacrifices of those who served our nation and sometimes paid the ultimate price. Hope n’ Change humbly thanks these men and women and their families.
Let today be a day of awareness, gratitude, and a reminder that each of us carries a debt to be worthy of what others have given us.
We’re breaking policy by discussing politics on Memorial Day, but we feel compelled to comment on Barack Obama’s reprehensible actions in Hiroshima over Memorial Day Weekend.
We can forgive him for laying a wreath for Hiroshima’s dead, but can not forgive his characterization of America’s use of the atomic bomb as immoral. Specifically, he said he desires: “a future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not as the dawn of atomic warfare but as the start of our own moral awakening.”
The start, Barry? Really? We weren’t behaving morally before you came along to lecture us?
People are debating whether or not the president’s words constituted an “apology,” but they’re missing the more significant point of Obama’s anti-nuclear speech. He called out our nation as having been in the wrong morally, but did not – could not – apologize because he would have to identify himself as representing the United States to do so. And in this case, as in so many others, he was presenting himself as an outsider – a citizen of the world – speaking disdainfully to our country rather than for our country.
The bombing of Hiroshima was a terrible necessity and most experts agree that in the end it saved countless lives – including Japanese lives.
For Barack Hussein Obama to label our nation and our warriors immoral on this weekend of somber remembrance is beyond the pale. He can’t possibly leave office soon enough.