Live your life the way you want, not the way according to someone else.
"A Flag of Rags by Todd Coget
In the final years of our imprisonment, the North Vietnamese moved us from small cells with one or two prisoners to large roos with as many as 30-40 men to a room. We preferred this situatuion for the companionship from our fellow prisoners. In addition to moving us to new quarters, our captors also let us receive packages and letters from home. Many men received word from their families for the first time in several years. The improved conditions were a result of a public pressure put on the N. Vietnamese by the American public.
In our cell was one Navy officer, Lt. Commmander Mike Christian. Over a period of time Mike had gathered bits and pieces of red and white cloth from various packages. Using a bamboo he had fashioned into a needle, Mike sewed a US flag on the inside of his shirt, one of the blue pajama tops we all wore.
Every night in our cell, Mike would put his shirt on the wall, and we would say the Pledge of Allegiance. I know that the Pledge of Allegiance may not be the most inportant aspect of our day now, but i can tell you that at the time it was the most important aspect of our lives. This had been going on for some time untill one of the gaurds came in as we were reciting our pledge. They ripped the flag off the wall and dragged mike out. He was beaten for several hours and then thrown back into the cell.
Later that night, as we were settling down to sleep on the concrete slabs that were our beds, I looked over to the spot where the guards had thrown Mike. There, under the solitary light bulb hanging from the ceiling, I saw Mike. Still bloody and his face swollen beyond recognition, Mike was gathering bits and pieces of cloth together. He was sewing a new American Flag!
This was in our pew point in church today touched my heart as well as others.. Freedom dont come free n i pray each n every day for those served serving and waiting to come home. GOD BLESS AMERICA.....land that i really love!!!!
This is a msg i recieved and no lie honestly brought tears to my eyes thank you very much for the support " HEVENLYSNT "
A mere thank you can never be enough for what you have done for all of us who stand behind our troops, pray for their safety, and wish for a speedy return home. ty for the spirit u have, for all you do, for who you are. for ur service I thank you, for ur dedication, u r supported, for ur sacrifices they can never be replaced for that I am sorry. I know it is not said often enuff but you are a very special person and are appreciated!!! if not for heroes like urself we could not still have the freedoms we have today. You are thought of everyday and prayed for every night for what you do, the freedoms you provide, for ur strength to continue, the courage to face all head on but most of all bein the HERO you are for the job you volunteered to do for those you don't know. May God keep you in his loving and protective hands, may he bring comfort to those you love and who love you while u are away from them. May he keep them strong in times of need. For your brothers and sisters in arms who are out of country may their time there be short and may you be able to return home sooner than planned.
from the bottom of my heart, I thank you very much!
For those who have fallen, they will never be forgotten and always in our hearts.
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