LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - A battle-scarred American flag believed to be the first planted on Omaha beach during the 1944 D-Day landings is expected to fetch more than $55,000 at auction next week, Heritage Auctions said on Monday.
The flag, with a distinctive gold fringe and a repair from an apparent bullet hole, was planted by a U.S. army engineer on Omaha Beach, the scene of some of the bloodiest battles when Allied forces stormed the Normandy coast of France in World War II.
For many veterans, patriotism is a force that gives their service its meaning. Most of us hold that love of country deep in our hearts. And some of us like to pull it out and put it on full display like a regiment of red, white, and blue peacocks.
We don’t get much Mail up here at COP Freedom, which is what I call my CHU here at Bagram, because we don’t get much Islamofascism here, either. So it wasn’t till after the DFAC ceremony for my meritorious promotion to 2cond Lieutenant, The Seal Team’s (honorary), that I was shocked to learn from the TV that football players are refusing to stand for the National Anthem on Sunday, GOD’S day, before they do their jobs for this country. (The promotion had to be Honorary, because I am MARSOC all the way through, and also because The Seal Team’s don’t need me making them look bad any more.)