thankful? Shamefully, the answer is "no." Even those among the church-goers give little concern over the suffering Christ had to endure.
And outside the church world, most citizens give little thought to the price our forefathers paid to ensure our political freedom. Try imagining for a moment what our life would be like today if Hitler had successfully overthrown all of Europe. Would he have stopped there? Doubtful. What nationality or ethnic group would have been on his hit-list next after he had annihilated all the Jews? Thousands of Americans tread upon foreign soil to stop this tyranny and its malignant prejudices. And likewise, thousands died, but the end-result was victory. The maniacal reign of a depraved lost soul was brought to a halt. Freedom is not free, it comes with a price.
It defies my imagination, why a servant of the people would have so little regard to their position, the people they serve, the country they live in, to show such disrespect as to not pledge allegiance to our nation's flag. So, what is our flag anyway. It is a piece of cloth with stars and stripes in the colors of red, white and blue. It is not an icon of worship. To our citizens in the military, it represents home and family. To a citizen traveling outside the U.S. it represents not only home and family, but safety. To a grieving family it is an object representative of the force which caused one to pay the ultimate price for their home and family. To a child in school, hopefully they are being taught that it represents "freedom." One who finds it so difficult to honor their family, forefathers, country, freedom and fallen heroes should try living in Iran or Iraq or any other country in this world for that matter. No doubt a new respect for that which they give so little regard would suddenly take on a whole new meaning and feeling.
Maybe it is something in the pledge itself, "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." Surely someone would not confuse the word "Republic" in the flag with the Republican Party. On second thought, that misconception is not so far-fetched as it might seem. Then maybe it is the part that says, "One nation under God..." I can almost hear those who holler "separation of church and state" screaming their heads off. If mentioning God in the pledge of allegiance goes so much against your fiber then quit spending money. History is set in stone, it cannot be changed. This nation was founded on a hunger for religious freedom whether you like it or not. Schools were started so that children could learn to read the Bible. Anything else in the curriculum is second thought.
Yes, it is necessary that our men in uniform go fight. Therein lies our freedom. Therein lies your freedom and the freedom of future generations.