To the editor:
I was at the Cherry parade and have to say I am very disappointed in what I saw. The parade itself was wonderful as always, but the people to my right, left and across the street are what disappointed me. When the flag of our United States of America came down the street carried by the Wasco County Sheriff’s posse, I did not see anyone stand, put their hand over their heart or show any of the respect our flag is due. This is the same flag that so many men and women have fought, bled and died for over the course of our history, and yet you cannot teach your child to stand still with their hand over their heart? Why is it that it takes a horrific event such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11 or the Boston Marathon Bombing for us to be patriotic? And even then that patriotism fades as we grow angry and disappointed in our politicians and their actions. They are the politicians, they are not our country that we are told we are supposed to love.
Another part that saddened me to see is where was the respect for our veterans? No one clapped, no one cheered, at least not where I was located. I remember going to the Cherry Parade when I was much younger and I remember when the veterans came down the street we cheered, we clapped, we told them thank you, we gave them the respect they so very much deserved. These men and women risked their lives, for you, for me, for my family and for yours. They risked their lives doing something that not everyone can do. You may not agree with what they were told to do but they did it because they love this country and they were following orders because of this love.
I guess in closing all I’m asking for is for a change. Get off your phones, off your iPads, out of your happy little world and show respect for the flag as a symbol of our great nation. And show respect for men and women who have fought for your right to sit there buried in your phones and computers and ignorant of the world around you. Put your hand over your heart when the flag passes, teach your children to do the same and thank a veteran.