Honoring the Flag on the July 4th

by Larry Little

This holiday weekend many people will honor July 4th with celebrations and fireworks, but some East Texans are upset about a decision made in congress this week, when lawmakers failed to protect the most important part of the holiday the American flag.

84 year-old Fae Love is looking forward to the 4th of July holiday not for the fireworks, but to honor veterans and most of all the American flag. "I was born and raised in the country and that flag meant everything to us, because I was raised up believe in the flag and our free country," says Fae Love.

Love never served in the military, but her brothers did.  Love's late and current husband served also. So she spends most of her time giving back to veterans. She believes they're the reason old glory waves proudly in East Texas. "It's important to me to know that our veterans have gone and fought for our country, my country and for my flag," says Love.

It upset Love this week when congress failed to pass laws outlawing flag burning. Lawmakers decided it was more important to protect freedom of speech. "I know everybody don't believe alike or see things alike but I think it is wrong for them to burn or mutulate in anyway," says Love.

Other East Texas veterans agree. "It makes me angry knowing we are serving that flag, I get pretty upset," says veteran Wayne Youngblood.

Youngblood hopes everyone will take time this July 4th to recognize the blood, sweat, and tears put into the red, white, and blue.

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