Letter – Where Do You Stand?

Where Do You Stand?

I’m Bob Meier 22nd District Chaplin of the American Legion.

As the 4th of July has come and gone I was disappointed with the number of people who displayed the American Flag. Do we have to have a tragedy like 9/11 or something else bad to happen before we display our flag?

Go to Lee’s and buy an American Flag at a low cost. Compared to the price men and women had to pay for 911, also remember the men and women who are serving in the military, look at what price and sacrifice they had to pay.

As District Chaplin, I make my visits to Marion and John Cochran Hospital and its very heartbreaking to see these 19-20 year olds with both legs missing or maybe both arms gone. It brings tears to your eyes to see the sacrifice they gave so we can have the freedom we have today (priceless). It is not only their sacrifice, but also their families.

The past week Phyllis, the 22nd District President and I went to Springfield for the State Legion Convention. I was honored with the Chaplain of the year award for the third year in a row. It is a great honor!

August 28th, Phyllis and I will be going to the National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Membership is the backbone of the American Legion. In 2019 the American Legion will be celebrating its 100 year birthday, this will be a good time to show your support for all our veterans. I know we have a lot of veterans who can’t belong to the Legion because their time of service, I hope some day that will change.

I have two sons that were both in the Marines, it makes me very proud that they served their country, I love them very much.

As Chaplain, I’m on the honor guard and have a lot of funerals, parades and other activities. But what caught my attention was when the High School had their Home Coming Parade and the small children along the parade route. Many of them were around 5 to 8 years of age, and that they knew what to do. Many of the little boys would salute and the girls would place their hand over their hearts. Things like that will put a tear or two in your eye as you pass by. I’m sure this comes from their teachers and parents, they both need a good pat on the back. (Good job)! Great time and age to learn to honor our veterans.

Stand up and honor your flag and be proud to be American! This is the greatest country in the world, the land of the free!

As you end your day pray-pray that some day we won’t have to pray for peace.

Thank God for the most precious gift of all, the gift of life. Where do you stand? Fly your flag!

22nd District Chaplain

Bob Meier