I am writing this letter because there is something that has bothered me for quite some time. I was raised by proud, patriotic parents who taught their children to love their country. Both of my parents, Rodney and Florence Gimse, loved to travel, but especially my father would say, "It was nice to go, but it is even nicer to get home."
My father was very proud of his military service and he saw a lot of the world when he was in the U.S. Navy. Both of my parents loved to have the American flag out on the front of their home and we were taught to honor and respect it.
One thing that really bothered my dad was when someone would continue to fly a tattered and torn flag. He would say, "Do they have no pride of country at all?" This is something that I agree with my father on 100 percent and is the reason for this letter.
When I see tattered and shredded flags continue to be flown, it really bothers me. We live in the greatest country in the world, and even though we have our problems, we need to display our patriotic colors with pride.
A perfect example of what I am talking about is a flag on the corner of Seventh Street and Monongalia Avenue in Willmar. The people who continue to fly that flag the way it is day after day should be ashamed of themselves and they shame all of us as a whole. If flying a flag that looks like that is not illegal, it certainly should be.
People talk about the moral decay of our great nation, and I believe this is one thing we can do to stop it.
How can we teach our children to be proud, patriotic, and to love their country if we continue to fly garbage at the top of our flag poles?