I will Salute

The sentiments spoken by a true American. I hope many will follow Bob MacPherson’s example and once again revere the flag !!

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Forty six years ago, I raised my right hand in a room full of strangers and pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. I solemnly swore to do so while standing facing the flag that represents this country. For all of the years since then, that flag has played a central role in my life.

I watched her fly as a green recruit and came to understand she is more than just another piece of cloth. I watched her fly from the deck of many submarines and ships at bases all over the world. I listened with pride one night in Yokosuka Japan while a shipmate played Taps as we retired her for the day. I felt the crushing weight of seeing a comrade under her in a casket bound for home. I felt sadness at the deaths of so many veterans who also shared her…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on July 28, 2018, in Current News, Home Front, Korean War, Uncategorized, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 49 Comments.

  1. *salute*

    I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

    I think a lot of people forget that – that this is a pledge not just to the flag, but to our country, and our fellow Americans, as well as those who have died protecting us. It is a vow as solemn and sacred as a wedding vow and should be respected as such.

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  2. People all over the world has to respect the flag of ther country

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  3. I will always salute and say thank you to all our Veterans. Thank you.

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  4. To me the American flag above all symbolizes Liberty. That makes it so extraordinary and precious.

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    • Very happy to hear that!
      (Isn’t it strange that even people who hate the flag and criticize this country – still refuse to leave it?!!!)

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      • Gary Friedman

        ….er, to criticize the country is to hate the flag? What country are you from? I “criticized” the country by pointing out (below July 28) the growing neo-nazi influence here who “love” the flag. Gee. I didnt get a single “Like”, but you got 5 “likes” when you called what I said a “rant.” Should I leave the country?

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        • Perhaps I did not explain myself, as I’ve seen too many people insult the flag during the anthem and flag burnings in my time. I certainly agree with free speech (I’ve allowed you to speak your mind here, when I could just as easily put you in the Spam or Trash folder)and this country along with all others always needs updating and improvement. When I said about people leaving the country – how many during the 2016 elections threatened to leave if Trump was elected, I see those people still here making their millions.
          Being as I am unable to change laws by myself and neither can you – perhaps this is not the place to argue this subject. I am attempting to rehash history (since the school systems have dropped the ball) and hope we can learn from our past mistakes.
          If you decide to leave, my friend, Adios and happy travels.

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          • Very reasonable….until that last zinger of a line. “Decide to leave?” Now why would I want to do that when I spent years of my life prepared to defend it? That changed your response to a “rant”. Ive been following your page for a couple of years. Very interesting since I had 2 beloved uncles, in the Marines in the Pacific during WWII. You are dedicated to discussing a World At War, but you cant even listen to one post about what anyone can see going on here now without calling it a rant. Thanks for not dumping me in the trash. Freedom of Speech—so far—has survived!

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            • Mainly because this is not the place to do that. You just said we are discussing the Pacific War – not Trump, not the protests, not anything else. The Submariner had a nice post and I decided to reblog it. As far as I’m concerned this conversation is over. You are certainly free to start your own blog and say whatever you please.

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  5. I am humbled by the many responses to the original article. As one who has lived through many troubling times in America, I will freely admit we have our share of trounces. But the flag stands for something that is greater than any individual and any group. It is a beacon of hope for all. Thanks for the reblog and for the many responses I have seen here and on the OP.
    Mister Mac (AKA Bob MacPherson Chief Warrant Officer USN (Retired))

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  6. That is an excellent re post gp.
    That should be read out in all schools and universities and campuses throughout America.
    I salute America and its Flag for its services throughout the Free World.

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    • THANK YOU for that, Ian. I have been reading so many complaints around Blogsville about us. It’s strange though, even people that claim they hate us here – refuse to leave!!

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  7. That’s a beautiful article. Thanks for sharing. God Bless America! 😀 ❤

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  8. Thanks for sharing this post. Beautifully written!!

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  9. I was going to say like beetleypete that we have less emphasis on flags but then I remembered our recent debate and referendum over changing the NZ flag which seemed to get everyone hot under the collar. In the end we didn’t change the flag and I am happy enough with that situation. I am intrigued by the general US passion for the flag. It’s one of your defining characteristics as Americans I guess.

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  10. Definitely, GP. And I’ll vote against those with my pocketbook who don’t do the same.

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  11. I wish we liked ours as much, but it’s been ‘adopted’ by right-wing nutters, so we tend not to in case people think we’re the same! Lovely post.

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  12. Thanks for reblogging his post. As I said on his post, the perversity of the people who hate the flag is that the flag represents everything they claim to stand for.

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  13. Gary Friedman

    Would you salute the flag when carried by someone also carrying a confederate flag and wearing a Nazi swastika, as carried by white supremacists at Charlotsville? And Blacks “taking the knee” are not disrespecting the flag, but protesting 100’s of blacks being killed while getting a traffic ticket. “This country right or wrong. When right, celebrate it. When wrong, fix it.” I’m a 7 year Reserve vet, honorably discharged.

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    • I’ll not dignify that rant with a reply, but I do uphold your right to speak it.

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      • Gary Friedman

        Rant? I think I was pretty dignified, considering that the emotional article depended more on ignoring how the flag is being used in today’s sorry society, as both racist and protest. Since you were in the service, and I was in the service, we both upheld one another’s right to speak. But thats cool.

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  14. I’ll stand shoulder to shoulder, elbow to elbow and salute with him! Long may she wave!

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  15. Every day i understand your feelings more and in my heart i hope your wish come true! Only hope can help our world!

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  16. A powerful personal story, full of tangible emotion. We have less emphasis on flags over here, but I understood the sentiments, nonetheless.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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