This is the flag that was flown over our camp in the Khod Valley, Afghanistan. It seemed like all too often that it was lowered to half mast to honor and mourn our brothers or sisters that lost their life that day fighting for the freedoms that we all enjoy at home, a sign of respect and recognition of their sacrifice. I remember lowering the flag in sadness because another brother or sister would be shipped back in a coffin. Those coffins would be draped in a flag, and that flag would be given to the families as a keepsake. I've stood by the airfield and waited for planes to come in, and saluted as those fallen brothers and sisters were unloaded, draped in flags, and carried past me. To me, and a lot of people like me, the flag is a symbol of freedom. I've lived in countries (and fought) that don't have the same freedoms that we have. I feel fortunate that I've experienced life like that because it makes me grateful for the lives that we are able to live in the US. I know what it's like to lose the freedom that civilians enjoy every day in our country. I encourage those that disrespect it to go experience less fortunate countries, maybe their perspective would change. The US flag and what it symbolizes is very important to me, as well as the national anthem. If you want to further a cause or right some social injustice, do it in a positive way, not by disrespecting our great nation. Some will disagree with me, and that's ok, I disagree with the disrespect in their actions too. I'll go to war again, as I have, to protect and defend the freedoms that they have.