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Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast -- you also miss the sense of where you are going and why." -- Eddie Cantor

The Pledge Of Allegience

December 4th 2006 11:00
I am not generally a fan of anyone in politics and in general I figure when they start talking they have an agenda behind it, but this is one time, I am grateful that someone spoke up and said something. This was sent to me by a friend and I figure it's worth sharing with others.


In light of the recent appeals court ruling in California, with
respect to the Pledge of Allegiance, the following recollection
from Senator John McCain is very appropriate:
"The Pledge of Allegiance" - by Senator John McCain

As you may know, I spent five and one half years as a

prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. In the early years of our
imprisonment, the NVA kept us in solitary confinement or two or threeto a
cell. In 1971 the NVA moved us from these conditions of
isolation into large rooms with as many as 30 to 40 men to a room.

This was, as you can imagine, a wonderful change and was a
direct result of the efforts of millions of Americans on behalf of a
few hundred POWs 10,000 miles from home.

One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named
Mike Christian.

Mike came from a small town near Selma, Alabama. He didn't
wear a pair of shoes until he was 13 years old. At 17, he enlisted in
the US Navy. He later earned a commission by going to Officer
Training School Then he became a Naval Flight Officer and was shot
down and captured in 1967. Mike had a keen and deep appreciation of the
opportunities this country and our military provide for people who want to
work and want to succeed.

As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese allowed
some prisoners to receive packages from home. In some of these

packages were handkerchiefs, scarves and other items of clothing.

Mike got himself a bamboo needle. Over a period of a couple
of months, he created an American flag and sewed on the inside of his
shirt.

Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang
Mike's shirt on the wall of the cell and say the Pledge of Allegiance.

I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most
important part of our day now, but I can assure you that in that
stark cell it was indeed the most important and meaningful event.


One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as they did periodically, and
discovered Mike's shirt with the flag sewn inside,
and removed it.

That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, and
for the benefit of all of us, beat Mike Christian severely for the
next couple of hours. Then, they opened the door of the cell and
threw him in. We cleaned him up as well as we could.


The cell in which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle
on which we slept. Four naked light bulbs hung in each corner of the room.

As I said, we tried to clean up Mike as well as we could.
After the excitement died down, I looked in the corner of the room,
and sitting there beneath that dim light bulb with a piece of red
cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my friend, Mike
Christian. He was sitting there with his eyes almost shut from the
beating he had received, making another American flag. He was not
making the flag because it made Mike Christian feel better. He was
making that flag because he knew how important it was to us to be
able to Pledge our allegiance to our flag and country.

So the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you must
never forget the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Americans
have made to build our nation and promote freedom around the world.


You must remember our duty, our honor, and our country

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the
republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all."

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