U.S. flags are essential for school classrooms


Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 1:37 a.m.
I read the Sun's article titled "Flags for the classrooms" and was disappointed over the flavor of the journalism. It had more negative comments than positive. Examples cited were from people who "wondered why the flag was in the classroom" and one student who felt uncomfortable having the flag present. Another believed that it was a waste of money.
I believe that it was a great thing our Legislature did to attempt to instill a little patriotism and heritage in our public schools. The fact that no funding was attached was equally a great thing, for it made it possible for the good citizens to get together and develop a greater sense of community and patriotism. It made it possible for the Alachua County Veterans Memorial Committee to bring together veterans, Freemasons and other citizens to make flags in our classrooms a reality.
The idea that the flags are somewhat inappropriate for our classrooms is indicative of our departure from the spirit on which this nation under God was founded. If someone from another country takes offense to being in the United States, they need to depart immediately.
I have worked closely with the vets in their efforts to make sure that flags are prominently displayed in every classroom in this county. The greatest thing which I and the veterans do now is to present these flags to each school with a ceremony honoring our heritage. The presentations, which I personally try to do on behalf of the National Sojourners and Heroes of '76, in the formal dress of an officer of 1776, are always met with enthusiasm and gracious acceptance by students and the great staff of the schools.
When I see these children, who are our future, intently listen, it warms my heart, and I know that despite efforts to dilute and eliminate our patriotic heritage, these efforts will not prevail.
Ray M. Davis Jr., Alachua

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