STARS & SERVICE - STRIPES & SACRIFICE

4th of JULY 2020   

    Birthed from a Revolutionary War, our nation evolved.

 The Flag of the United States of America is smoldering from the fires now burning inside her. We, as American citizens, need to extinguish those flames and raise her up so she will light up the globe with the flame of freedom.

 American Soldiers are on-guard around the globe 24/7 to fight to protect us and the Democratic flag of freedom that shields us.

 Every soldier who wears an American uniform wears it for us. 

 History is repetitive because world history lessons about human atrocities are never learned; therefore never feared. 

 The freedom stars and stripes of the American Flag are steeped in a tumultuous history. 

Slavery, Famine, War, Disease, Corruption, Injustice, Color, Religion, Flag, Births/Deaths and bipartisan politics … occurs in every country.  They, also, divide people in every country.  They divide world political flags.

 A united American Flag can and will inspire other global flags by example. America needs to address the atrocities still plaguing her people from within her own borders.  

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"Nowhere To Run" ... Vietnam

Motown Artist:  Martha and the Vandellas
 
Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide
Got nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide
It's not love, I'm a running from
It's the heartbreak I know will come
'Cause I know you're no good for me, but you've become a part of me
Ev'rywhere I go, your face I see, ev'ry step I take, you take with me yeah
Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide
Got nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide
I know you're not good for me, but free of you I'll never be, no
Each night as I sleep, into my heart you creep
I wake up feelin' sorry I met you, hoping soon that I'll forget you
When I look in the mirror to comb my hair
I see your face just a smiling there
Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from you baby
Got nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide
I know you're no good for…
 
This iconic song became a theme song for many of the young teenagers who were drafted and ordered to serve and sacrifice for the flag of the United States of America.
 

The incoming High Scool Classes of 1968 never realized that their lives would be forever mired in a war that was never declared a war.  The Vietnam "War" took the lives of many young American soldiers who never had a chance to live beyond their youth.

In 1964, as many teenagers entered integrated public high schools, they never realized that they, themselves, were to become a political history lesson about war and its consequences.  

Between a "War" and the intensity of a Civil Rights Movement, these young teenagers were also coping with discovering their own young adult identities - football games; homecomings, bonfires; first kiss; a prom and so much more ... 

These students were unaware that their graduating classes would also become mired in the Vietnam War tragedy that changed military enlistment from voluntary to mandatory service.  All 1968 male graduates registering for the U.S. Selective Service would have their post high school destiny determined by their birth date. 

Radio stations had a list of top ten record hits they would reveal weekly or monthly. The U.S. Selective Service created their own "top ten hit list" and that "top ten list" was blared over highschool loudspeakers in 1968.

Segregation, ‘Nam, Teenagers … were being taught valuable American History lessons within the confines of their high school corridors.  Amidst their growing up together, they never realized the impact those lessons learned would affect their lives.

Many of those 1968 teenagers "had nowhere to run to; nowhere to hide".  They served and sacrificed for a "war" in a foreign country where "killing fields" became their destiny.

TO EVERY SOLDIER WHO WORE OR WEARS THE UNIFORM OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

WE SALUTE YOU!