Friday, November 12, 2010
First taste of why we serve.
Aspiring veteran-to-be, Clay, got his first taste of what it means to serve in the military. Yesterday, his high school had a Veteran's Day ceremony complete with a color guard and speeches by notable military veterans from the area. At the end of the ceremony, students were asked to stand if they had a parent who was a veteran. Clay stood up with a half dozen other students. There was applause and then everyone was asked to stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. A student near Clay refused to stand. When Clay asked him why he wasn't standing, the kid said, "It's my right, dude." Rather than reason with him and explain how veterans serve in order for this pothead to have his rights, Clay responded with the Trace Adkins line, "And it's within my rights to kick your ass." Then walked away. (We're still working on the fine nuances of becoming an officer in the US military) I loved it.
I wonder where the kid got the idea of dis'ing the Pledge of Allegiance.