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Marine’s Message to Those who Burned School’s American Flag: I Wear the Uniform to Show People this is not OK

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Published on: January 22, 2015

First Sergeant Reginald Daniels is the epitome of what John F. Kennedy had in mind when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Following an American flag burning at a local school, Daniels performed an honorable act, but wait till you grasp the entire story.

Daniels, a married, father of two Marine veteran, has given back to the community in Springfield, Oregon that he has faithful served. He and several of his fellow Marines got involved at a local school, Brattain Early Learning Center, and helped to build a playground for the children.

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Upon discovering that the school didn’t have a flag, Daniels went out and purchased one himself and then brought it to the school and instructed the staff in how to raise and lower it properly.

However, this past week, he learned that someone had burned the flag and left it burned and tattered at half-mast. Daniels told KVAL that one of his fellow Marines was called by the school on Friday and asked how much the flag cost. When they contacted him, he wanted to know why they would need the price and that is when he learned what had been done.

Daniels immediately went to the school.

“Some of the teachers kind of teared up a little bit and then they took me in to the back room and showed me the flag that was burned,” Daniels said. “I was lost for words to see that someone had pulled the flag down off the pole and burned it.”

He left and went to his office, picked up a new flag and brought it back to the school.

“The flag represents something a lot bigger than all the military services,” he told KVAL. “We put the uniform on to protect it, so that you and I and the little kids in the school can have something better. It’s bigger than you taking the time to burn the flag in our own country.”

“I love this country and what it stands for,” he added. “I know everybody has their views, but I think everybody can have something that they can look proudly at, and that’s – I take pride in the flag. Someone out there thinks that this is OK. And this is the exact reason why I wear this uniform, so that – to show them that it’s not.”

Our veterans are a loyal bunch. Veteran Jim Brossard cut down an American flag that was being dishonored as a local business in downtown Reno was flying the Mexican flag above it declaring, “I’m Jim Brossard, and I took this flag down in honor of my country with a knife from the United States Army.”

Following his display of patriotism, Ka-Bar designed a special knife to commemorate his act of patriotism and honor the man behind it. The US Army Brossard commemorative knife had Jim’s statements and an American flag emblazoned on the blade.

First Sergeant Daniels has honorably served three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Well done Sir, well done!

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