Find an­other way to protest

The Republican Herald - - COMMENTARY - Jay Jones Or­wigs­burg

To the Ed­i­tor:

I am the fa­ther of Capt. Ja­son Jones, USMC 2007, Army Ranger, Green Beret, 1st Bat­tal­ion, 3rd Group Spe­cial Forces Team. Ja­son was killed in com­bat in Jalal­abad, Afghanistan, on June 2, 2014, while com­mand­ing a team at­tack­ing a Tal­iban out­post.

Ja­son, and many, many oth­ers who have suf­fered the same fate, died for our na­tion’s flag.

Many other men and women have suf­fered griev­ous, life-al­ter­ing in­juries while also fight­ing for our na­tion’s flag. This is not to men­tion the many oth­ers who have served with dis­tinc­tion in the mil­i­tary while also fight­ing for our na­tion’s flag

Our rights of free speech and as­sem­bly are im­por­tant rights that need to be pro­tected.

How­ever, those who refuse to stand with hands on heart for the play­ing of our na­tional an­them are, to put it as po­litely as I can, be­ing de­plorably dis­re­spect­ful to those who have served and are serv­ing in our mil­i­tary and our great na­tion. I would urge those who refuse to so honor our flag and our great na­tion to find a more re­spectable way of protest­ing.

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