Ragged Old Flag

By Johnny Cash

“THANK YOU to all who have served and to those who continue to sacrifice to keep us free.  Today, we tip our hats and toast our mugs to you and to the flag you serve under.  It’s all about Family and Freedom.  May God Bless America” ~ R.T.


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  1. So proud to be an American and so thankful for all those who serve to keep us free, including my dad and uncles. 🇺🇸❤️

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  2. They sacrificed SO much for the rest of US

    TRIBUTE TO A VETERAN

    He was getting old and paunchy, and his hair was falling fast,
    and he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he once fought in, and the deeds that he had done.
    In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one.

    And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbor, his tales became a joke,
    all his buddies listened quietly, for they knew where of he spoke.

    But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for ol’ Joe has passed away.
    And the world’s a little poorer, for a Veteran died today.

    He won’t be mourned by many, just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family, going quietly on his way;
    And the world won’t note his passing, ‘Tho a Veteran died today.

    When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state.
    While thousands note their passing, and proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young,
    but the passing of a Veteran goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,
    someone who breaks his promise, and deceives his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
    goes off to serve his country, and offers up his life?

    The politician’s stipend, and the style in which he lives,
    are often disproportionate to the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Veteran, who offered up his all,
    is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.

    It is not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
    who won for us the freedom, that our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
    would you really want some cop-out, with his ever-waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Veteran, his home, his country, his kin,
    just a common Veteran, who would fight until the end.

    He was just a common Veteran, and his ranks are growing thin.
    But his presence should remind us, we may need his likes again.

    For when countries are in conflict, we find the Veteran’s part,
    is to clean up all the troubles, that the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor, while he’s here to hear the praise,
    then at least let’s give him homage, at the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say:
    “OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A VETERAN DIED TODAY.”

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    • “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day or it is rotten. The living sap of today outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand entrusted with power becomes, either from human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continued oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.”

      Wendell Phillips

      http://www.thisdayinquotes.com/2011/01/eternal-vigilance-is-price-of-liberty.html

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  3. ALERT…TWO Colorado Wild Horse Herds on BLM’s target list and comments due by July 5, 2018

    BLM SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON TWO POTENTIAL WILD HORSE GATHERS IN NORTHWESTERN COLORADO

    BLM is proposing to gather all excess wild horses that are outside the designated Piceance-East Douglas HMA, including those in the West Douglas area

    The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on two potential wild horse gathers planned this summer or fall to help maintain healthy populations of wild horses on healthy lands in northwestern Colorado.
    “We are committed to maintaining healthy populations of wild horses in northwestern Colorado for the long-term,” said BLM Northwest Colorado District Manager Andrew Archuleta. “Current wild horse populations in Colorado are as high as they have been since before the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burro Act was passed. To keep these wild horse populations healthy, we need to reduce the populations through gathers as well as maintain an active fertility control program to slow herd growth.”

    Wild horse gathers are approved at the national level based on funding and priority. While these two proposed gathers are not currently approved for this year, the BLM Northwest District is developing gather plans in case funding becomes available.

    In the Little Snake Field Office outside Maybell, Colo., the BLM is proposing to gather and remove approximately 514 excess wild horses from the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area (HMA) and adjacent areas using bait and water trapping. The BLM estimates the 2018 wild horse population in the HMA and surrounding area is approximately 747 wild horses (677 within the HMA and another 70 outside the HMA boundaries). The established appropriate management level for this HMA is between 163 and 362 wild horses. For more information and to comment on this proposal, go to https://go.usa.gov/xQGdT.

    In the White River Field Office outside Meeker, Colo., the BLM is proposing to gather all excess wild horses that are outside the designated Piceance-East Douglas HMA, including those in the West Douglas area. The BLM could potentially use all approved gather methods, such as bait-trapping and helicopter drive-trapping.
    The BLM estimates the current population of wild horses outside the HMA to be 374 wild horses. The BLM is prioritizing the areas outside the HMA, although the population within the HMA is 532 wild horses, well above the established appropriate management level of between 135 and 235 horses. For more information and to comment on this proposal, go to https://go.usa.gov/xQGGW.

    Wild horses removed through this gather will be taken to the Canon City holding facility and be made available for adoption or sale.
    Comments need to be received by July 5, 2018.

    https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-seeks-public-comment-two-potential-wild-horse-gathers-northwestern-colorado

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  4. DETERMINATION OF NEPA ADEQUACY (DNA)
    Gather of Excess Wild Horses Located Outside of the
    Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area
    DOI-BLM-CO-N05-2018-0071-DNA

    “Photos needed to document an animal’s condition should be taken prior to the animal being euthanized.
    No photos of animals that have been euthanized should be taken.”

    EUTHANASIA OR DEATH
    A. Euthanasia Procedure during Gather Operations

    1. An authorized, properly trained, and experienced person as well as a firearm appropriate for the circumstances must be available at all times during gather operations. When the travel time between the trap site and temporary holding facility exceeds one hour or if radio or cellular communication is not reliable, provisions for euthanasia must be in place at both the trap site and temporary holding facility during the gather operation. (major)

    2. Euthanasia must be performed according to American Veterinary Medical Association euthanasia guidelines (2013) using methods of gunshot or injection of an approved euthanasia agent. (major)

    3. The decision to euthanize and method of euthanasia must be directed by the Authorized Officer or their Authorized Representative(s) that include but are not limited to the Lead COR/COR/PI who must be on site and may consult with the on- site/on-call veterinarian. (major)

    4. Photos needed to document an animal’s condition should be taken prior to the animal being euthanized. No photos of animals that have been euthanized should be taken. An exception is when a veterinarian or the Lead COR/COR/PI may want to document certain findings discovered during a postmortem examination or necropsy. (minor)

    5. Any WH&B that dies or is euthanized must be documented by the Lead COR/COR/PI including time of day, circumstances, euthanasia method, location, a
    DOI-BLM-CO-N05-2018-0071-DNA _Public Review 31
    description of the age, gender, and color of the animal and the reason the animal was euthanized. (major)

    6. The on-site/on-call veterinarian should review the history and conduct a postmortem physical examination of any WH&B that dies or is euthanized during the gather operation. A necropsy should be performed whenever feasible if the cause of death is unknown. (minor)

    https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/108096/147193/180947/doiblmcoN0520180071dna_public_review.pdf

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