I'm requisitioning it to post on some boards I frequent.
__________________ “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” ― Samuel Adams
I was heading back to my seat at Charlotte a couple of years ago while attending a NASCAR race there. When our national anthem started, I stopped and rendered honors. About 4 seconds later, a bunch of red-faced fans were standing, hands over hearts, as I stood there reassured that I still had my "Pissed-Off-Senior Chief" voice.
It only takes a word to change someone's appreciation for what they have been given.
A nice thread and it's alright to remind people to have respect. As a 3rd gen Marine and a son that is 4th gen Marine we understand our flag is more than a decoration and the athem is more than a song. So reminding those that forget is the responsibility of everyone who understands what it is to be part of our nation.