Are we los­ing re­spect for our coun­try?

Albuquerque Journal - - OP-ED -

IT SEEMS our coun­try, or at least Al­bu­querque, is al­ready for­get­ting the lives lost on (9-11). Flags were not at half staff, no mo­ment of si­lence dur­ing the (school) an­nounce­ments, no ac­knowl­edge­ment what­so­ever. It breaks my heart. For me, it’s per­sonal, be­cause I knew peo­ple in the city on that day. I have worked with nurses who cared for the sick and the dy­ing in Man­hat­tan. It seems to me that we are rais­ing this next gen­er­a­tion to have no re­spect for his­tory or our coun­try. Pa­tri­o­tism is ab­sent, even frowned upon. How can we ex­pect any­thing else from them when the adults around them don’t model pa­tri­otic be­hav­ior?

I be­lieve steps can be taken to cor­rect this. I be­lieve that our school district can be a shin­ing ex­am­ple for the pop­u­la­tion of Al­bu­querque and all of New Mex­ico. We aren’t at the mo­ment, but I am sure there must be peo­ple at city cen­ter who can change that. I chal­lenge them to re-cre­ate pride in our great coun­try.

Mark Woodard, the prin­ci­pal at Mon­tezuma Ele­men­tary School, wrote up an el­e­gant an­nounce­ment that I read later (that day).

“To­day is Septem­ber 11. It is an im­por­tant day in our coun­try’s his­tory, when the United States was at­tacked and close to 3,000 Amer­i­cans lost their lives. On this solemn day, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber those who were killed, rec­og­nize all who sur­vived, honor the sac­ri­fices of the first re­spon­ders and re­cov­ery work­ers, and re­mem­ber how our coun­try came to­gether to help one an­other af­ter the at­tacks. In that spirit, we will ob­serve a minute of si­lence. Thank you.”

My daugh­ter, a high school ju­nior, said peo­ple refuse to stand when the pledge is re­cited. If they don’t want to pledge their al­le­giance to this coun­try, then they should go find an­other coun­try to be dis­re­spect­ful to. House rules should ap­ply. Im­mi­grants are wel­come, but only if they want to be here. I re­al­ize that my thoughts are not po­lit­i­cally cor­rect. I pre­fer to stand up for what is right than avoid in­sult­ing some­one. Po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness should not dic­tate ev­ery part of our lives. Right and wrong still ex­ist.

TINA MESSEC School nurse at Mon­tezuma Ele­men­tary Al­bu­querque

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.