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I got myself in the Memorial Day Spirit by putting Old Glory on my new car just leased from Manfredi Subaru in Staten Island. I’m glad I was able to find one; they’ve become pretty scarce lately. Usually I buy them a dozen at a time in the Dollar stores because I like to fly them two at a time, one on each back window. Not only does it show patriotism, but makes your car easier to find in the Mall’s parking lots…lot of cars got one flag only.

The problem is that every time you open a back window, you release the flag as well as the holder. So with that problem and the problem of prankish vandalism, I must go through 3 dozen flags a year. A couple of weeks ago, I realized it was getting close to the Memorial Day weekend and I still didn’t have any flags. There were none to be had and believe me we went into every dollar store we could find. Then, Eureka, in the Wal-Mart’s at the Sunrise Mall in Long Island, I spotted this lone solitary American Flag in the stationary department. But it cost $5.00. Remember I explained that these flags are easily lost, blown away or just pulled off by unpatriotic morons. At a buck each or if you’re lucky fifty cents each, it doesn’t bother you to replace them, but at $5 bucks a throw, you wanna keep Old Glory flying a while longer. So what the heck, I wanted Old Glory on my new Impreza, and it was a better quality flag, so I’m lucky to have found it in time for the holiday. And it flew proudly

I was glad to see that there were so many Americans honoring our hero veterans from the past. And those parades were in full bloom, some parades returning after an absence of seven years. There is too much America bashing going on and it was a privilege to see so many of those responsible for keeping our country free, still with us and marching…proudly, fifty three years later! My colleague Lou Powsner is a WWII Vet, my brother-in-law Leo Vento served in the Pacific theater, and there’s handsome Sammy Grasso from the Narrows Verrazano Youth Program, not only marching but volunteering at our VA Hospital here in Bay Ridge. It’s amazing that these heroes are able to walk at their age, but march they do and those that can’t, use their wheelchairs to join in the parade.

Then there’s all those heroes who survived the Korean conflict, and those who survived Vietnam, and our American troops that served in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Gulf War…all heroes serving our country. Not like our former President Clinton who ran to Canada to avoid the draft. At least John Kennedy served proudly. Apparently, the populous likes smooth talking politicians to lead them in the White House, whatever happened to that old adage ‘actions speak louder than words?”

Consider that when I was in the army the pay was less than $100 a month. I don’t know what our service men are getting now, but whatever they’re getting it isn’t nearly enough! See, I’m from the old school, when women were only in the WACS, WAVES and Nurses, and I apologize for not saying service men and women. I guess it will be safe to just say Troops. Although, I did another faux pas, not including heroines that served our country in the military... It’s getting harder and harder to be a writer with this gender identification.

None the less, our troops old and new, men and women deserve the love and respect of a grateful nation. God bless America and God bless her troops, no matter where they are!

IMPORTANT ITEM: Just found this very useful website from 2006, and I tried it and it still works. Boy is it needed now. This website pinpoints the cheapest gas in the area using your zip code. http://autos.msn.com/everyday/gasstations.aspx?zip=&src=Netx

‘Screech at you next week!

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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