By: Marc King
Here is the headline:
Pentagon reviewing policy that could open door to Pride flags being displayed at bases
as reported by Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent, and updated 4:24 PM ET, Tue June 1, 2021
In the meantime, this is the headline from China: China warns of ‘nuclear showdown’ with the United States China has launched a blistering attack on the West threatening it with a “high intensity showdown” possibly involving nuclear weapons.
By now you have seen the “woke” recruiting ads for the Army and the CIA and the not so “woke” recruiting ad for the Russian Army — we will be woke … but quite possibly we will be dead. And if not dead, we will be learning how to eat our borscht with chop sticks. People, this is some serious business.
Why do the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines of the US Department of Defense need to concern themselves with “Gay Pride” flags? There are many flags associated with the US military that have shown the awesome pride that our military generates over the course of time. Let’s take a look back and see what flags those might have been!
Let’s start with the Betsy Ross flag, which is an early design of the flag of the United States, made by flag maker Betsy Ross. Its distinguishing feature is thirteen 5-pointed stars arranged in a circle representing the 13 colonies that fought for their independence during the American Revolutionary War.
We have the “Grand Union Flag” flown by George Washington during the course of the American Revolution …
… and the Washington Commander-in-Chief flag for some historical perspective. Or how about the flag of those intrepid warriors from Vermont — The Green Mountain Boys (Side note — they were not confused about their gender.) Still in use today… by the Vermont National Guard!
Let’s skip ahead to a time and place in history that pitted brother against brother in some of the bloodiest battles in our Nation’s history — The American Civil War. One of the most significant flag related events of the Civil War can be understood by recounting the history and life of Sgt. William Carney: The first African-American Medal of Honor recipient. Carney earned the honor for protecting one of the United States’ greatest symbols during the Civil War — the American flag.
On July 18, 1863, the soldiers of Carney’s regiment, Company C, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Regiment, the first official black unit recruited for the Union in the north, led the charge on Fort Wagner. During the battle, the unit’s color guard was shot. Carney, who was just a few feet away, saw the dying man stumble, and he scrambled to catch the falling flag. Despite suffering several serious gunshot wounds himself, Carney kept the symbol of the Union held high as he crawled up the hill to the walls of Fort Wagner, urging his fellow troops to follow him. He planted the flag in the sand at the base of the fort and held it upright until his near-lifeless body was rescued.
Is that not pride enough for the Pentagon? I might be wrong here, but I would bet that Sgt. Carney would not see the necessity to have a separate “Pride” flag — he knew which flag in which to have pride!
The military Branches each have their own “Colors” adorned with “Battle Streamers” that represent the battles and campaigns from the Revolution to the War of 1812, the Civil War, The War with Mexico, World Wars I & II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. As a career officer in the United States Army, I always stood a little taller when in the presence of these Service Colors with their Battle Streamers and history that they represent.
Mine was pride in knowing that history was displayed on those flags … and that was all the pride that I needed. The flag that flew over Iwo Jima, that is a flag to have pride in … the red and white cavalry guidons that rode the prairies escorting American settlers that were moving west to settle our great nation — all flags that show our pride.
There are no lack of flags that the Pentagon could and should display. Our Soldiers take great pride in the American Flag — the same American Flag that stands watch over the cemeteries that overlook the battlefields of D-Day … Or flies over Arlington National Cemetery -… or is draped on every coffin of those who have paid the ultimate price.
It would be far better if our leaders were paying attention to what China is saying and Russia is doing. We have plenty of flags to be prideful of — we do not need this one.
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