1. I'm a Viet vet. My first time watching this. I was deely moved listening and remembering 50 years ago of my buddies who didn't get home. Thank you so much.

  2. Let me say first I absolutely support freedom to believe and promote any view you want. Nothing less than total intellectual freedom squares with the First Amendment and my view of freedom. So no one should infer from this that I wish to impose any restraint whatsoever on anyoneโ€™s ability to express any view at all. Our Constitution means nothing if does not mean unfettered freedom to voice any view.

    Depending on the age group anywhere from 20 to 50 % of Americans simply don't believe in God. You are absolutely welcome to advocate any religious or non religious view but you should not expect for your views to be immune to criticism or ridicule. Religion deserves no special immunity from challenge and must be expected to stand on its own merits.

    Including references to God in patriotic songs, the Pledge of Allegiance, in oaths, in memorials to those who have defended our freedoms, and in remembrances of fallen service people, does no honor to the large percentage who do not hold your religious views. We are not "One Nation Under God". Many of us think all religion is a lie and that all gods are myths. By pretending we all believe the same you dishonor a great many who have served and fallen who would have never assented to any god stories. Misrepresenting the religious views of the dead who cannot defend themselves sullies their memory. If you wish to honor ALL who have served you should do so with language that does not disrespect the non-religious.

    You may of course continue in the age old standard Christian-privileged tradition and simply declare I am wrong, show no willingness to engage in civil discussion on this subject, assert that I have no right to object, and work assiduously to suppress my comments. I heartily endorse your right to do all of that and in fact I will stand shoulder to shoulder with the religious to defend against any attempts to limit just such expression opposing my views. But will you do that for my views? Probably you will not. When that lack of support for unpopular views inevitably happens it clarifies who is truly in support of intellectual freedom. That makes me different than many if not most Christians because they will never stand with me to defend and encourage my freedom to say what I am saying here.

    The very thing – the ONLY thing – that binds we veterans together, and it certainly is not God, is our oath of enlistment in which we all pledged to defend the Constitution and "bear true faith and allegiance to the same". You cannot claim to be bearing true faith and allegiance to the Constitution if you do not support complete intellectual freedom. My service would be of no value whatsoever if I did not keep my oath with every fiber of my being.

  3. I wish those that kneel during the playing of our national anthem would take the time to educate themselves of what our flag and anthem stand for… they could start with this video.ย  God Bless our Military and God Bless America!

  4. God bless the USA, God bless all the troops and family of those who fought and died for our freedom, and last but least thank you to The Texas Tenor for the beautiful rendition of the song. God bless us all.

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