11/20/2017 10:30:00 AM The importance of respecting the American flag
Members of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164, from left, Dean Ramaker, Wes Alrick and Don Lyman, demonstrate how to properly fold an American flag at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Stewartville High School on Friday, Nov. 10.
Speaking to hundreds of students in the Stewartville High School gym, Mayor Jimmie-John King urged his listeners to respect the American flag. King was the featured speaker at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at SHS on Friday morning, Nov. 10. He shared much the same message at the Veterans Day dinner at the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 that evening. The colors of the American flag mean something special, King said. "Red is for valor, white stands for hope and purity of life, and blue is for the color of heaven, for reverence to God," he said. Americans identify the flag with almost everything they hold dear, he said. It represents peace and security, civil and political liberty, and the freedom of religious worship, he added. But it's important to remember that while the flag is a symbol of Americans' rights, it also represents the importance of duty, he said. "Every glory that we associate with it is the result of a duty done," he said. "Many brave men and women have fought and died to protect the flag from dishonor and disgrace. Much blood has been shed for this flag." King lamented a "very dangerous and damaging attitude" among many Americans who seem to believe that the world owes them something even though they're not exactly sure what they want. Such people don't value anything, disgrace God, place no moral value on life, and disrespect the American flag, he said. "When I listen to these people, I become angry with what I'm hearing and what I see happening, and the only thing I can do to collect my thoughts is to go walk among the finest men and women on earth," he said. "You can always find them, because they are in Arlington National Cemetery and every cemetery in every city and state all across this great nation." King said he learned at a young age that two things, and two things alone, protect America from those who seek to destroy it -- the grace of almighty God and the United States military. For more on this story pick up your copy of the Nov. 21 Stewartville STAR.