Small-town America should come together

To the editor:

Driving into town Friday afternoon, I noticed red lights flashing as I approached the center of town.

I thought there must be a traffic accident or possibly a fire at the bank. As I drove closer to the intersection, I saw the most beautiful, large American flag being raised on an extension ladder of a fire truck for their Fill the Boot fundraiser.

So powerful was the sight of our flag flying over the center of town that tears welled up in my eyes and I had to slow down to say a prayer: “Lord, thank you for the countless individuals who willingly sacrifice for us on a daily basis and for allowing me to be born in America.”

We are so privileged to live in this country, and we need to be vigilant in protecting the rights of all our citizens. People around the world look to us for help; they need assistance in protecting what many Americans take for granted.

The last time I saw our flag flying so strongly against an azure blue sky was the day after 9/11. She was hung from a construction site crane over Route 30 in Exton, Pennsylvania. Everyone passing by slowed down to pay homage to those who had just lost their lives and to realize how strong we as a nation would have to be in this time of great difficulty.

The need to be stronger for small-town America is more important today as we struggle with who we are as a divided nation. Our bold flag represents everyone who has vowed to preserve, protect and defend our country.

Every young man and woman who has put on their military uniform needs our thanks. Every fireman who has run into a burning building needs to know we care about them. Every policeman who has answered a domestic call for help or has entered a bank being robbed needs our gratitude.

My grandson is serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan and has been wounded twice. It is the responsibility of every American, not just our servicemen, firemen and policemen, to stand up to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, here am I; send me.” — Isaiah 6:8

Love begins doing random acts of kindness for others and asking nothing in return.

Thank you, Shawano firemen, and God bless America!

Deborah Ann Maier,