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Letter: I’ll still show respect, thank you


Monday, February 12, 2018

Some say, “You don’t have to stand” during the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.

But I do.

I don’t have to hold doors open for people, male or female either, but I do. I don’t have to say, “good morning” or “have a nice day” either, but I do. I don’t have to say, “thank you” or “please” either, but I do. I don’t have to call people Ma’am or Sir either, but I do. I don’t have to ask, “can I help you with that?” to family, friends, co-workers or strangers, but I do.

After reading that letter, there’s a lot of things I realized I don’t have to do anymore. Am I a dinosaur, behind the times in societal changes and new norms? After some serious reflection (30 seconds) I guess I will just keep doing what I do.

And as a proud veteran with a family that has served for generations, I guess I will keep standing for the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, because, that’s what I do.

James Taber

Concord