June 7, 2011
On the last Monday in May, we set aside a day to honor those who lived and laid down their lives beneath our flag. The veterans we assemble to honor on this day proudly honored that flag and all the glorious freedoms and human rights it represents.On May 30, I watched a parade meant to honor these gallant comrades at arms who so loved that flag and all it represents that they gave their lives to insure we all continue to have those rights and freedoms. A parade that was supposed to honor that flag and all those who stood tall and fell beneath it for the ideals it represents.Parades are supposed to start with a color guard, honoring the ensign these veterans, patriots, served beneath — which they vowed to represent and protect. This parade began and proceeded without a color guard.A color guard is comprised of a flag bearer; bearers of other flags, ensigns and pennants; and, lastly, at least one rifleman to each side of the formation to protect (guard) the colors. This is the standard protocol for a color guard and nothing less than the proper respect and decorum is acceptable.I would hope all my comrades at arms, veterans organizations that represent us and especially, the Allen County Veterans Council would join in protesting this insult to America and ensuring this never happens again.