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Rick Monday Saves Flag From Burning

Two protesters tried to ignite an American flag during a baseball game on April 25, 1976 when Rick Monday of the Cubs snatches it away before they can light the flag.

This act by Monday has been an inspiration to anyone that reveres the flag of the United States of America and for what it stands. This flag is why so many of our soliders have died in foreign lands fighting for freedom.

This flag represents the 2,402 killed and 1,282 wounded at Pearl Harbor. This flag represents the flag that was raised at Iwo Jima where 6,825 Americans were killed.

This flag represents the 1,465 Americans killed on D-Day and the 19,000 killed during the Battle of the Bulge.

This flag represents the 116,516 Americans who died in World War I.

This flag represents the 405,399 Americans killed in World War II.

This flag represents the 36,516 Americans killed in the Korean War.

This flag represents the 58,209 Americans killed in the Vietnam War including my cousin and high school classmates.

This flag represents the 677 Americans killed in the Afghanistan War.

This flag represents the 4,281 Americans killed in the Iraq War.

This flag is the same flag that is given to the surviving spouse of veterans who have served in the United States armed services.

Rick Monday was a very good baseball player but those Americans who lost family members during wartime will remember him best for that day in 1976 when he rescued the flag which their family members had fought for and given their lives in defense of the American flag which represents all that is good about America.

Rick Monday may never be enshrined in the Baseball  Hall of  Fame but hundreds of thousands of Americans wish he would be voted into the Hall of Fame For Great Americans who have made a mark in the lives of all of us by his act on April 25, 1976.

33 years have passed since that day but it will never be forgotten by those who remember that day.


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3 thoughts on “Rick Monday Saves Flag From Burning

  1. thedark2 on said:

    Thank God for Rick Monday and people like them who make a stand for something that really counts. My flag hangs proudly and is more than a decoration. I am lucky to be an American and am thankful for all of those who have sacrificed for my freedom.

  2. I feel the same way about being an American. I wasn’t a hero by any means in Vietnam since I was in the post office but I was glad to serve in my little way since I sorted the mail that was picked up by the infantry mail clerks who took the mail to the infantrymen.

  3. One of the reasons this is a great country, we have the right to burn the flag, if we so choose.

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