Hat tip to One Old Veteran blog.
On September 11, 2011 during the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack ceremony in New York the director of the C-SPAN telecast took a shot of President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama while the World Trade Center American flag that survived the attack was being folded by local police and fire fighters.
Watch the below video as they look on. When the folding of the flag is almost finished read Michelle Obama's lips as she leans over to President Obama and says “ALL THIS FOR A FLAG”. She then shakes her head from side to side in disapproval while President Obama nods his approval of her statement.
Yes, Mr. President and Mrs. First Lady, all of this is for a flag, the symbol of freedom and liberty. The flag we Americans pledge allegiance to. The flag of Betsy Ross, the American Flag. For you see it is the soldier who allows you to denigrate our flag at the hallowed ground where the World Trade Center once stood. Perhaps the final paragraph of this ode to our solders will remind you and your husband, the Commander in Chief:
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.