I am an American soldier going on ten years of services in the United States Army.
I'm currently a Drill instructor for basic combat training at Ft. Knox Kentucky. I Have
Served in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq and have seen what makes this nation the greatest in
the World. From the horrors of War, to your battle buddies showing strength and
kindness during difficult times. Flag burning can be and usually is a very controversial
issue with people. Many people believe that the American flag stands for something
important and shouldn't be destroyed in that manner. I'm one of them, others believe that
flag burning is a statement that one should be able to make without major repercussions.
Both sides have valid opinions and both sides state their case well. Although I am neither
nor or against the burning of the flag, I believe the right should be earned and not be
I believe that if a group of people have valid reasons and a valid point to
make by obliterating a flag in such a way, they should have the right to do it, but they
need to earn that right. Those people should put there live in harms way for the Flag
before they can destroy it.
The people who are against flag burning seem to generally be those who have served
this country through war and have sacrificed their time to defend what they believe is the
country and National colors. They have a strong sense of patriotism to this country and
would die for what it stands for: liberty and freedom. They could compare it to the
burning of crosses in front of a church or to the way the Nazis turned a very beautiful
symbol into a racial and religious hate badge...