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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day in Cocke County
Cocke Countians turned out Friday for assemblies at area schools to honor past and present military veterans. Included in the program at Cocke County High was the oldest member of the audience. Ninety-two year-old Jack Swanger said he entered the military in 1943. The program included renditions from the musical "Civil War" as well as "In Flanders Field". And the audience heard "Ballad of the Green Beret" and "God Bless the USA," presented by Cocke County High students. The special guest speaker was retired Army Colonel Don Amburn who resides in Knoxville. He told the audience that there are 3,000 military veterans in Cocke County. And he talked about the reasons behind respect for the flag. "The flag is the symbol that we aspire to be as a people." He said he spent a lifetime defending the principles that the flag symbolizes including freedom of speech. "Today we see people desecrating it as a means of furthering their cause, or to point out an injustice. I have no problem acknowledging that there is injustice, because our system of government is not perfect." But Col. Amburn said he has a problem with those who are "so dismally ignorant" of the true meaning of the flag. "Our flag is not a barometer that indicates on a daily basis, how well we are holding up to the ideals of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is a reminder of the ideals we hold most important as a people." The speaker argued that to disrespect the flag is to disrespect the ideals that it stands for. the same ideals that these individuals seem to be fighting for. "They are in essence ridiculing their own cause." The Colonel went on to offer a suggestion to those who disrespect the flag....."Use your imagination. Come up with another way to air your grievances, that do not include the flag. Should you be unable to find an alternative, I would suggest that you might feel more comfortable in another country." He suggested that himself and veterans in the audience "would be willing to help with the move."


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