The Newnan Times-Herald


Flag a reminder that someone paid a price

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Oct. 14, 2017 - 5:09 PM

I have served in two wars for you, my family, for my country.

I have served as an honor guard firing a 21-gun salute over a returning soldier’s coffin, draped in our flag. His family shed tears, and so did I.

Many flag-draped coffins have returned from foreign lands in my 89 years. Soldiers are still coming home in coffins today.

Every time I see one, I think, “someone paid a price for me.”

“Freedom is still not free.” It’s much more than a bumper sticker.

When I see people stomping on our flag, burning our flag and much worse, it does something to me. I understand freedom. I served so all could have that freedom.

People need to find other ways to express their feelings. We respect other countries’ flags, and we want the same thing. 

Do they just want our free support without giving anything back? Enough. Enough. Many want to come here for our values and our wealth, but there is more involved. To be a citizen of this great nation, you must be willing to give back to others – or stay out.

William M. Griggers