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Out of the Trash and on to the Grill?

Leslie Brown

As I searched for a story this afternoon and found this news piece; I wanted to wait on it. I found it right on the heels of the tattered flag picture I posted this morning. But then, I watched the video and it brought me to tears. I knew then, I had to share it now.

Ed Shevlin is an employee for the Sanitation Department in New York. Over the course of many years, he has seen countless flags discarded without care, or second thought into the garbage with potato peels and who knows what else. Ed does the right thing by ensuring these rescued flags are retired with dignity, proper decorum and a flag retirement ceremony.

Ed even uses his “Facebook” page to share with others, and teach proper handling of the American flag. To watch this video twice, and have it bring me to tears both times, I realize I may have a more love for my country than some. I don’t think that’s a bad thing though. My dad was a professor in Mathematics, and he always told me, “Go back to the definition”, if there was a question about a concept or explanation. So, here goes:

The United States of America-

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We like to celebrate ordinary and everyday Americans on this site without regard to race or color; just character. Thank you Ed Shevlin for being an outstanding American and a man of extraordinary character.

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