Saturday, September 30, 2017

Flag Waving Dog Walk Views

Flag Waving Dog Walk Views
Valentino is a flag waving tail wagging dog. In all probability my dog gets his political views from my guidance and direction.

I am not one to get overly excited about politics nor do I consider myself extremely patriotic. However, as a citizen of the United States of America, I take pride in the sight of our flag and in the singing of our national anthem.

On our neighborhood dog walks Valentino and I run across the flag of the USA often. By day, I smile when I see her stars and stripes flying free with the wind off of a flag pole on a porch. In the quiet of our night-time walks, I heave a sigh of approval when I see a flag lit up out of the darkness (as it should be.)

Then, there is the "stand versus kneel" issue in the daily news and social media! Hence, this public stance from me and my dog Valentino. We stand! We do not kneel nor sit!

While posing before the memorial pictured here, my dog Valentino automatically wanted to sit and stay. I directed him instead to stand and wait. He would show respect for the man honored here — Civil War Private Alfred Cannon — and for the flag planted in his honor. (And, no, Valentino, you can not pee on that flag. Pee in the bush, gheesh!)

Dog Valentino Respectfully Stands at PVT. Alfred Cannon Memorial

My research shows that Alfred Cannon was born right here in my home town of Canal Winchester, Ohio. CLICK HERE to read more about his family and service to his country.

This memorial to PVT. Alfred Cannon is located on the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society property. You can click on the picture to read the tribute and I am also reprinting the words as a quote below the photo.

PVT. Alfred Cannon Tribute

PVT. ALFRED CANNON
95TH O.V.I. Co-D
8-18-1862 TO 1-21-1865
P.O.W.

RESIDENT OF CANAL WINCHESTER
ENLISTED TO PRESERVE THE UNION.
TAKEN PRISONER AT BRICES
CROSSROADS, MS. AND MARCHED
TO ANDERSONVILLE, GA., CONFEDERATE
PRISON. HE GAVE UP HIS PLACE
OF EXCHANGE TO A FRIEND STATING,
"GO TO YOUR FAMILY". PVT. CANNON
DIED AT FLORENCE, SC., CONFEDERATE
PRISON OF TYPHOID FEVER.

"GREATER LOVE THAN THIS HAS
NO MAN, THAT HE LAY DOWN
HIS LIFE FOR A FRIEND."

ALFRED CANNON G.A.R. POST #261
WAS CHARTERED IN HIS MEMORY


I tend to take a stand when I see disrespect to the flag of my country. It has nothing to do with politics or football or racism or anything else the kneelers or the politicians or the news-mongers want to dream up. It is merely a matter of respect. I feel the same about our Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. I say to you as I said to my dog today, "I don't expect you to sing it or say it but I do expect you to stand respectfully."

That said, I appreciate your shared thoughts in the comment section of this article, stated respectfully, Please and Thank you!



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