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Veterans are step­ping up to sup­port Don­ald Trump’s re­cent pro­posal that there should be se­ri­ous “con­se­quences” for those who burn the Amer­i­can flag.

“Our broth­ers and sis­ters in arms have shed blood, even paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, in de­fense of our na­tion. The Amer­i­can flag rep­re­sents their sac­ri­fice and our na­tion’s way of free­dom. No one should tol­er­ate des­e­cra­tion of the Amer­i­can flag,” says Charles E. Sch­midt, na­tional com­man­der of the 2.2 mil­lion-mem­ber Amer­i­can Le­gion. “It’s time to pro­tect Old Glory. We are not against civil protest or demon­stra­tions. How­ever, these pro­test­ers are not burn­ing a piece of cloth. They are des­e­crat­ing the sac­ri­fice and honor of all past, present and fu­ture ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­ily mem­bers, who have given so much to this great na­tion.” He also cites con­sid­er­able sup­port for a new law. “Ev­ery state has passed memo­ri­al­iz­ing res­o­lu­tions to rat­ify a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment pro­hibit­ing flag des­e­cra­tion,” Mr. Sch­midt notes. “The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has passed an amend­ment six times by su­per­ma­jori­ties, only to see it fall short in the Se­nate — by just one vote the last time it reached the floor.”

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