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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:00 pm

Flags missing on Memorial Day

Santa Fe, where is your patriotism? With 40,000 interments in our veterans cemetery, we should be keenly aware of the sacrifices made by the service people who protect our freedom. Why then, did I see just six American flags flying in our neighborhood of 120 homes on Memorial Day? Curious to gain a larger sample, I drove through three other nearby neighborhoods and it was much the same. The American flag was proudly displayed by a vast majority of the homes in the town where we lived in New Jersey on all patriotic holidays. We now seem to be living in the “City Indifferent.”

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20 comments:

  • AGarcia posted at 8:53 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    AGarcia Posts: 22

    Memorial Day - as a vet who's lost so many brothers- & sisters-in-arms as well as family & friends, the absolute best thing I wish our citizens would do is to visit widows & widowers, take care of each other, look past politics & differences to see people as you see yourselves. I would love for us all to earn the cost of those lives by working together. War is ugly & hearing that anyone died in vain is reflective on those still living. Let's continue to work to take care of others to mitigate, at least, the reasons they died.
    Make sense?

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 7:09 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1843

    Dave Gifford was referring top the Santa fe police department, not the SFSD.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 6:04 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3135

    I stand corrected. Some veterans notice, some veterans care, and some veterans find it hurtful to think that our neighbors just can't be bothered.

    Memorial Day isn't about reminding each other that we're Americans. Memorial Day is just about reminding each other that some Americans made the ultimate sacrifice defending this country. Memorial Day is about the personal sacrifice those Americans made, regardless of whether they made that sacrifice in a just or unjust war, or whether that sacrifice was made in a war started by a president who lied.

    Memorial Day is a national holiday for a reason. That reason is supposed to be so that, as a nation, individuals have the time to remember our fallen heroes, and so we have the time to share in some small gestures of gratitude and appreciation for their sacrifice. Flying the flag on Memorial Day is probably just the easiest of those gestures, please don't confuse it with jingoism or sanctimonious nationalism.

     
  • Beverly Harris posted at 4:59 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    ZiaGals Posts: 53

    Wrong. I'm a veteran, and I don't notice or care. In fact, I suspect flag-wavers of being...well, just flag-wavers. We are all very well aware that we are Americans (I should hope) without sanctimonious flag-waving.

     
  • Eddy Placa posted at 2:16 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    EPlaca Posts: 33

    when do we care about what really matters?
    If you don't fly a flag you are not patriotic...if you don't wear a cross or other religious symbols you are not a believer...as long as we focus on those trivial things we will not achieve any changes of things we really need to focus on...education, poverty, the economy....

    Joettte, did you fly a flag in front of your store inside the La Fonda?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:47 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3135

    There are real heroes out there, and I'm sure I don't qualify. But thank you for your kind and thoughtful words. I'll be sure to remember your family's service and sacrifice on future Memorial Days and Veterans Days.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 12:16 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 642

    Mr. Knolls,

    Thank you for your service. I am grateful and happy you came home. Our family comes from a long line of military service men and women and will certainly count you among the heros when we remember them.

    Jenn

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 12:10 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 642

    Santa Fe Sheriff and family.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:47 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1843

    Santa Fe police department?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:22 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3135

    None of whom are the fallen heroes we honor on Memorial Day.

     
  • Mel Hayes posted at 9:07 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    Bush,Cheney,Rumsfield,Rice.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:15 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3135

    I'm a veteran, and I flew my flag on Memorial Day. And for those of you who don't fly your flag because it's too much trouble and you don't think anyone will notice or care, well, you're wrong. Veterans notice, veterans care, and veterans find it hurtful to think that our neighbors just can't be bothered.

    Flag Day is June 14, please remember to put out your flag.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:40 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 642

    Iraq.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:39 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 642

    Greg Solano and family.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:37 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 642

    Mr. Salazar,

    Perhaps they don't know that only those "born here" are welcome. Now you've let them know.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:25 am on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1843

    Blythe and Joette, what is keeping you here in the land of the unpatriotic?

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:07 am on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1843

    Maybe their friends and family don't commit crimes.

     
  • Elizabeth Pettus posted at 9:56 am on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    tfiner Posts: 95

    for those years, one individual provided the flags, and put them up and took them down. the individual businesses did not do it, they would not have been allowed by law, as the flags were in public property. Should the city wish to reinstate the practice, I am sure it would be welcome.

     
  • Alfred Padilla posted at 9:16 am on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 525


    My next flag will be my hand with the universal sign, my finger the middle!
    [tongue]

     
  • Alfred Padilla posted at 8:54 am on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 525

    What freedoms are you bellyaching about? Oh you mean the freedom to allow a President to FORCE us under penalty of law to purchase a defective product from the Government?

    The VA scandal ohh what a very patriotic bunch those turned out to be right?

    The freedom to allow Eric Holder to send weapons to the Mexican cartels ya very patriotic of him.

    Ya all the patriots are jumping the Obamamama cruise liner for greener pastures. Save your lectures patriots are extinct only to be replaced by socialist community organizers, what a joke!

     

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