I remembered when I was in the Air Force stationed at Elmendorf AFB, there was a guy they called Sgt 35-10. 35-10 was the regulation that told you how to dress, wear or not wear your hair, and things like that. He would post a story or such in the base paper about things he'd see or what was good. I was in the Shopette (like a 7-11) in the checkout line with my then wife and Sgt 35-10 was right behind me. I never thought much of it. I had read his stories, some pretty funny. He said to me "Sargent Dorsey, you look pretty sharp. Your uniform is right on. You are a fine example of a NCO." I didn't know what to say, but I did say thank you.
I was always proud to wear my uniform, even when it wasn't cool. I'd wear it to travel home on leave, or to a temporary station, I didn't care, I was proud of what I did and who I did it for.
I probably got that from my dad. We called him Big George. He was a part of the Greatest Generation. After WWII he became a fireman. He was required to wear his dress uniform going to and from work. He looked good in it. One of my favorite memories is him in his fire department uniform just getting home from work. Back then he wore a flat top hair cut and he was missing his front tooth. He walked around the corner of the house, there was this huge smile and I ran and hugged him welcoming him home. Btw, I miss you Big George! I can't read this paragraph without getting a tear in my eye.
He'd always hang the flag out on the front porch for holidays and if he wasn't home because of work, he'd have me do it.
Well guess what Big George, I'm still doing it. Maybe a little more often than just holidays.
I got the yard mess all piled up and today was a good day for a bon fire. It got to 79°. The tires and stuff is loaded in the truck. I'll make a dump run tomorrow. But the old pallets and rotted logs and such made a pretty fire and a hot one too.
I'm still pretty proud, proud of that flag. What it stands for, who stood or stands with it. I'm long retired and no longer wear a uniform, but you can count on me and Ol' Glory. Our country is going through some trying times, but there is still no other place I'd want to live. I won't get up on a political soap box or anything. Btw, If you show any sign of disrespect towards Ol' Glory, I won't promise I'll value your opinion.
I hope you had a Happy Flag Day!