Letter: Be thankful for our country

Fans cheer at the end of the national anthem as first responders hold a field-sized American flag on the field before a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

I was a toddler when the whistles and church bells rang in Topeka announcing the end of World War II. Because of the “rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” our country and flag would never be under the control of Hitler and the Nazis, and my father would be coming back home alive – although many fathers wouldn’t be coming home at all. So I stand for the national anthem thankful for all the sacrifice that has protected our flag, and also for the right to protest anywhere and anytime. I just wish protesters would take a few minutes to be thankful too.

KAREN CRAIG, Topeka

 

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