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Definitely NOT A JOKE
>Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 18:34:33 -0500
>Subject: FW: Here in Kansas
Here is a letter that a friend of mine here in Emporia is hoping that
the local paper, THE EMPORIA GAZETTE, will publish. Please feel free
to pass this on to anyone who you think might be interested. Due to security
concerns, I will not include his name.
Dear editor:(Due to the nature of my service and as a security issue please
withhold my name, if at all possible.)
I am a member of the Kansas Army National Guard. I am a former marine
as well. I returned home from 15 month's active duty in Kosovo last January.
I am scheduled to re-deploy June 4th of this year for another 18 months and I
will be serving in a war zone which I am not at liberty to disclose. I volunteered
for this duty as an opportunity to serve my country again.
On Monday, May 1st, I was at the Lyon County Fairgrounds to observe the
immigration rally. On my truck I proudly displayed both the American flag
and the flag of the United States Marines.
Within minutes of arriving at the parking lot I was approached by no less than
4 law enforcement vehicles and several officers. I was ordered to immediately
remove the flags from my vehicle.
When I attempted to ask why, an officer replied, "Shut your mouth and go
home". I was told if I didn't comply that I would be arrested without delay
for disorderly conduct. There was no opportunity to reason with the police.
I was given an ultimatum and was forced to comply or forfeit my freedom.
I'll not go into the obvious implications that this incident raises. I will leave
it to you and to your readers to explain how it is that as a citizen and solider
I was not allowed to display the flag of the nation that I serve and protect.
Meanwhile I stood in a sea of flags from foreign nations, some waived by
hand, others attached to vehicles. I was also profanely insulted by one of the
demonstrators who himself was flying a Mexican flag from his vehicle.
I would ask that each of you who read this ponder the inference of the
actions of the officers in question, what it says about our country at
present and the ominous implications of the future.
The immigration issue is not a joke; it is a matter of huge proportion
concerning the security of our nation and the safety of our people.
I have seen a lot in my military career and many things have moved me
deeply but not until this heartbreaking incident was I literally reduced to
The disrespect and outright hatred shown to me by both the demonstrators
and by the law enforcement officers of my own hometown was heartrending.
Some might question just exactly what I am serving for. I hope you can find
the answer in your own hearts. My conviction to serve still does not waver.
Get use to it. About 500 persons per hour come on down. If we were to stop the flow of the illegals...who would work as servants for our leaders???
What a disgrace.Nothing is scared anymore.I think someone should have reported this incident to a higher authority...The Local Yokel, so called law inforcement needs to spent a day in a war zone.To see what the American Flag might mean.Pathetic.It wouldent have happenend here in KY..I guarantee it.We respect our military and would have had you @ the forefront of the gathering.American citizens come first here,and especially military.We just built a beautiful veterans wall.I am proud of you for serving our country,and am proud that you wrote this article.
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