Does the First Amendment give us the right to desecrate the American flag? 
Or is the flag a sacred symbol of our nation, deserving protection by law? 
Tough call? "The Solution" for those who want to light Old Glory on fire, stomp 
all over it, or spit on it to make some sort of  "statement," I say let them 
do it. But under one condition: they MUST get permission from three sponsors.

First, you need permission of a war veteran.
Perhaps a Marine who fought at Iwo Jima? The American flag was raised over 
Mount Surabachi upon the bodies of thousands of dead buddies. Each night 
spent on Iwo Jima meant half of everyone you knew would be dead tomorrow, a 
coin flip away from a bloody end upon a patch of sand your mother couldn't 
find on a map. Or maybe ask a Vietnam vet who spent years tortured in a 
small, filthy cell unfit for a dog. Or a Korean War soldier who helped rescue 
half a nation from Communism, or a Desert Storm warrior who repulsed a bloody 
dictator from raping and pillaging an innocent country. That flag represented 
your mother and father, your sister and brother, your friends, neighbors, and 
everyone at home. I wonder what they would say if someone asked them permission to burn the American flag?

Second, you need a signature from an immigrant.
Their brothers and sisters may still languish in their native land, often 
under tyranny, poverty and misery. Or maybe they died on the way here, never 
to touch our shores. Some have seen friends and family get tortured and 
murdered by their own government for daring to do things we take for granted 
every day. For those who risked everything simply for the chance to become an 
American, what kind of feelings do they have for the flag when they Pledge 
Allegiance the first time? Go to a naturalization ceremony and see for 
yourself, the tears of pride, the thanks, the love and respect of this 
nation, as they finally embrace the American flag as their own. Ask one of 
them if it would be OK to burn the flag or spit on it.

Third, you should get the signature of a mother.
Not just any mother. You need a mother of someone who gave their life for 
America. It doesn't even have to be from a war. It could be a cop. Or a 
fireman. Maybe a Secret Service or NSA agent. Then again, it could be a 
common foot soldier as well. When that son or daughter is laid to rest, their 
family is given one gift by the American people; an American flag. Go on. I 
dare you. Ask that mother if you can spit on her flag. Away from family, away 
from the precious shores of home, in the face of overwhelming odds and often 
in the face of death, the American flag inspires those who believe in the 
American dream, the American promise, the American vision...

Americans who don't appreciate the flag don't appreciate this nation. And 
those who appreciate this nation appreciate the American flag. So if you want 
to desecrate the American flag, before you spit on it or before you burn it, 
I have a simple request. Just ask permission. Not from the Constitution. Not 
from some obscure law. Not from the politicians or the pundits. Instead, ask 
those who have defended our nation so that we may be free today. Ask those 
who struggled to reach our shores so that they may join us in the American 
dream. And ask those who clutch a flag in place of their sacrificed sons and daughters, given to this nation so that others may be free. For we cannot ask permission from those who died wishing they could, just once or once again... see, touch or kiss the flag that stands for our nation: 
The United States of America, the greatest nation on earth.

Go ahead. Ask. I dare you!

Author Unknown..(But if Anyone  knows who wrote this..Please contact me.  "Sky")
I hope ALL Americans, who read this....will pass this on to others. If you are not an American, I believe you no doubt feel the same Love of your Nation and your Nation's Flag......as we do OURS. 
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