The act of burning the American flag

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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

taken away.

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...