Honoring Our Flag + Those That Served - AR June Challenge

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Our American Flag has been a reason for hope. The beauty of the flag is layered deeply in people's emotions. Memoirs, poems, lyrics, and stories have been written about Old Glory. The flag invites us to follow what is good for the sake of lasting freedom. Soldiers have fought with pride for the flag. For those families who lost loved ones, their lives were altered and humbled when their bodies were covered by the American Flag. Respectfully, Flower Mound property owners display their flags and my chosen one for this challenge intro was not far from where I live. 

The Flower Mound Post Office has its pair of Forever Flying Flags. I pass them daily. Prisoners of war lost their dignity but those who survived never lost hope. The survivors of war brought back the gift of peace and hope for Freedom. POW's are still remembered. 



There are many homes in Flower Mound whose homeowners are proud to let their flags wave.  Although the original intent was for war, it is now acceptable to use Old Glory for decoration and holiday display. Between Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and year round you will find an array of flags decorating the homes and streets in Flower Mound. It is nice to see new construction with owners adding Old Glory to their landscape with lights. 



I was reminded of the glass ceiling for women when I passed through the Mall. Brave women fought hard to break through the glass ceiling fighting toe to toe with their peers in combat. One of my proudest moments was meeting Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, author of Zero to Breakthrough who became a decorated naval aviator, Camp Pendleton's 2001 Female Athlete of the Year and Strongest Warrior Winner. Vernice is a former captain in the United States Marine Corps who flew the SuperCobra attack helicopter in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, serving two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 


Much of America was built by US honorably discharged soldiers. Those who went into building and construction consistently built authentic and unique architectural designs to the highest standards of quality. Prospective buyers usually begin their buyer's search at model homes where Old Glory is always flying to get attention to help motivate those that who strive to achieve their slice of the American Pie. Below is Julian and his wife and child, recent buyers of mine on 3/11/22. He is still active Military serving our country. Every time a Vet buys a home, I bow my head and ask for their protection including their family. Let there be Peace on earth and let it begin with me...



My local business includes McKinney. Below is one of my favorite photos! A few years ago, I passed an old fashioned Barber Shop. It was a breezy summer day. The barbers were busy taking care of customers. I popped my head in and we chatted. They allowed me to take their photograph. We talked about America, business, and swapped war stories. They were really good guys and funny too! 



Flower Mound has some very beautiful homes and lovely homeowners. Whenever I pass a house with an American Flag I view each one as a versatile living thing breathing in a soldier's last breath and I am moved to tears. A soldier's job is meticulous. It can't be any other way. 



I cannot think of anything a soldier who comes home after his tour of duty wants more than to go home and/or to have their own Dream Home. No one is more deserving than a Veteran to buy with zero money down. For three years I sent airmail letters to my spouse (before we married) serving in Vietnam. He wrote back telling me about his life in the jungle, what it was like to be in a monsoon, or how lucky he was taking bullets and catching shrapnel wounds without being sent back home in a body bag. He counted the days to come home, and my letters gave him hope. If I was a fairy godmother, I would make sure every single Veteran could have a home of their choice with zero money down and no payments ever, or at least, for the number of days they served. I am proud to say, I never saw a home owned by a Veteran in disrepair or negligence. They are the hardest, most meticulous people on earth who pays attention to details. 



Lights! Flag! Camera! Action! I love to see the flags blow in the wind. Red, White, and Blue is such a good color combination. It goes with everything. A flag out front near the road is a good landmark too. Whenever I see a nice home with Old Glory, I automatically think about respect and kindness to others and what a gift it is to those who pass by to reflect on the beauty of our American Flag. This is one of many homes that display Old Glory throughout Flower Mound.



Flower Mound does an excellent job paying tribute to those who served, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their Country. Many in the fire department, police, and first responders are former military. The photos below are local men and women who served and did not come home alive. Their faces fill the halls of the Flower Mound Senior's In Motion building. The building has classrooms and rooms for seniors to dance, play cards, bingo, shoot pool, exercise rooms, and large enough rooms to gather for lunch or entertainment. Every door I passed was draped with the American Flag and walls were decorated with patriotism or behind glass curio cabinets. Last Thursday, I stopped by to play cards with the seniors. The group was large. Women outnumbered the men and the majority of men had military caps upon their heads from every branch in the Military. These are just a few photos of the men and women who served and never came back home to Flower Mound where they had their humble beginnings. We remember them fondly. Seniors in Flower Mound pay tribute to those that served 365 days in a year. 

I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the

Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I

will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of

the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed ...

With special gratitude for all who served and fought in wars, including my immediate family: Grandfather, WW1, US ARMY (1917-1918 plus 6 additional years in Army National Guard), Father WW11, US NAVY 1943-1946, Spouse, US Army, Korea & Vietnam (1967-1970 plus 3 additional years in Army Reserves), Nephew Nick, US Navy, Iraq (2003-2007), Nephew Shaun, Air Force Medical Corps, Afghanistan (2002-2008)), including those who served and are now members of ActiveRain, my community who served in all the places I have lived. Special thanks to those families who felt abandoned & betrayed by how things ended in Afghanistan. 

On Independence Day, let us never forget somewhere out in the darkness, sand, and dust active Military are serving our country. They want, what many people sadly take for granted, liberty and freedom for all. At one time, these soldiers did what most kids do, they played ball, built things with Legos, set off firecrackers, licked an ice cream cone, learn how to tie their shoes, played outside, made friends, and learned how to fix a flat tire on their bicycles. We must never forget their sacrifices. This is my bonus entry for the June Challenge hosted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho and Endre Barath, Jr.  

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Comments (49)

Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Wow Patricia, there's so much patriotism in this post. The house you posted is so pretty. I too love seeing homes fly a US flag. I love that you mentioned the POWs. My father-in-law was a POW in Germany. Not a great place to be when your a German. Thankfully he came home or my husband wouldn't be here. I love the flag in the glass ceiling and the photo with Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour. I also love how you mentioned Veterans and how they should get their 0 down loans. I know the past few years have made it difficult for some veterans to get loans. I was fortunate to work with a few and we were able to win the contract. It takes a lot of education on the other side for sure. Happy Independence Day!

Jun 28, 2022 05:53 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Laura Cerrano - A warm heart feels with compassion. A cold heart feels nothing. We need to thank our Veterans and do a much better job at treating them fairly, especially when they are trying to purchase a home.

Edward Gilmartin - I haven't seen any other flags where I live. I am surprised things are different in Boston. 

Jun 28, 2022 05:54 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carla Freund 

I was happy that Mark and Endre offered us another opportunity as a bonus for this challenge. As you can tell, I had a lot to say, show, and illustrate. Yes! I wanted to lay it all out on the line, showing off pride of home ownership by displaying our American Flag, and my own personal experiences being a shadow under the purpose of showing respect and honor for our Veterans and all others with patriotic hearts. These past few years have been extremely stressful for me to get soldiers under contract because of the VA loan. I fired back at rejections, especially to those who wanted my buyers to waive their appraisal, which is not even an option! Meeting Vernice Flygirl Armour and hearing her stories was riveting!!! Everyone should hear her stories and learn how to pull themselves up by the bootstraps when the going gets tough. I never knew anyone who was a POW in Germany but my brother-in-law was born in a concentration camp. It was after the war was over and his parents didn’t have anywhere else to go until they were rescued and brought to America. You are right, lives would have been different for you and your husband, if your father-in-law didn’t survive and get out of that hell in the first place. He was as unfortunate as he is lucky, and I don’t think anyone would have wanted to trade places with him. He must have always been one of the strongest people you and your husband knew. Carla, I am glad it turned out that way for you and your family. I wish you and everyone in your family a very happy Independence Day and a lot of good fortune to look forward to now and forever. 

Jun 28, 2022 06:13 AM
Carla Freund

My VA buyers did have to waive their appraisals. Fortunately, they had the funds to cover the gap if needed.

Jun 28, 2022 07:04 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

ALL I can say is WOW! WOW! WOW! This is a marvelous tribute to our nations soldiers and our Flag. OORAH to the many from Flower Mound, TX that serve and gave their lives in support of freedom.

One of the great desires is home ownership I wish more veterans would utilize VA loans, even though there seems to be opposition to them from many.

Veterans know when we took the oath of service it was for a lifetime .

Thank you, thank you, Patrica

Jun 28, 2022 06:17 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

'Home of the Free, because of the Brave'  If that does not draw out one's emotions nothing ever will.  Thank you for all your posts and wonderful photos Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP .

Jun 28, 2022 07:36 AM
Matt Brady
Watermark Capital - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

Well done! Your post puts veterans and the sacrifices they make if perfect perspective.

Jun 28, 2022 01:45 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Doug Dawes - You made my day complete with your assessment and comments. There always has been and always will be a special place in my heart for Veterans. Vicariously I began living through the war in Vietnam writing and receiving aerogrammes and then experienced first hand flashbacks. For better or worse until death did us part. 

Doug, thank you for your services and your generous dedication to veterans as you continued to support them and help them cope. You are a very special man. 

Jun 28, 2022 06:46 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho - I am thankful for the challenge and for mentioning "Home of the Brave because of the Brave." My heart was like a magnet when I saw that at the Senior Center and it stuck in my heart. I also found it to be very emotional.

Jun 28, 2022 06:49 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Matt Brady - Thank you. You also made my day. I appreciate that very much and I wish you well. 

Jun 28, 2022 06:50 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I was recently very shocked by where we are sending a deployment.  But I'm often shocked by decisions these days and yes my house felt very betrayed with  the Afghanistan withdrawal the way it was done. 

Lots of military in my family too and an uncle who did not come home alive.  And I think if you've ever been to a funeral where there is a flag draped coffin you never look at the flag the same again. I adhere to the flag code and cringe when I see disrespect and misuse of our flag. 

Now going to dry my eyes over those your town honors that didn't come home and those lovely homes that show their respect by flying the flag.

Jun 29, 2022 07:32 AM
April Swenson
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers - Ocean Shores, WA
CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate

Thank you for your honoring and beautiful post!  Our flag ("Old Glory" is such a sweet term to me) is to be respected and honored for "which it stands."

Jun 29, 2022 08:34 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Tammy Lankford, I think most people would be shocked if they knew where deployment was going, the number of POW's with no effort to get them out, and how many were forced to quit the military. There is a growing number of retired officers, a shortage of housing for active military and their families, and the list goes on. Yes. I have been to a number of military funerals, including my spouse. There is a lot of tension in the air and too many betrayals of the worst kind.  

Jun 29, 2022 01:08 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

@April Swenson - The kindness of your reply is deeply appreciated. Thank you. 

Jun 29, 2022 01:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Oh Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  Loved loved loved your post and what a way to finish your contribution to this challenge. Thank you so much and not sure if I can add anything to all the wonderful comments and interaction you received on this great post. Years ago I remember when AR had Judges and picked the best posts.... you would have won hands down if it was like the old days:) Thank you for your wonderful participation, Endre

Jun 29, 2022 10:51 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - Hearing from you was very important to me. Thank you, for your services and to others on ActiveRain who also served. Nobody knows what goes on inside the head of an active or x-military man or woman and nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors of those loved ones left behind. Weeping never ends. Moving away from the pain I experienced in Illinois did not remove my pain, tears, or sorrow. I brought to TX my baggage, his uniform, and my memories and the Town of Flower Mound added more memories. But seeing the waving of the flags all over Flower Mound and surrounding areas wraps layers of courage to help insulate my heart wounds. Yes, I remember and participated in those AR Contest and the many judges who were hand picked. Those were good old days and I always enjoyed the special editing done by Sharon Tara. She still has a good and generous heart. And there were others too, like Michael Thornton, and Dick Greenberg from CO. Memories don't fade, they just get stored in the pages of our mind.  

Jun 29, 2022 11:55 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

  Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  Ole Glory has been used through out history to lift spirits in many ways. Thank you for the tour around your very patriotic town of Flower Mound. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

Jun 30, 2022 04:02 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Buzz Mackintosh- I am fortunate to have been raised to honor and respect our American Flag. Our flag is a beautiful way to raise awareness. I hope you have a please 4th of July weekend.  

Jun 30, 2022 04:10 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

My two favorite shots are of you and "FlyGirl" and the barber shop photo, Patricia - how wonderful?!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful shots and for participating in last month's challenge. I'm sorry I missed this when you first posted it!

Happy Independence Day!

Jul 03, 2022 04:52 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - What a nice surprise! Thank you for swinging by to read my blog and comment too. You have been on my mind. 

Happy 4th of July. I am sure it will be amazing! Make it a fun and memorable day. 

Jul 04, 2022 07:22 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Thank you! Ray and I managed to bring COVID home with us from Vegas and have been laying low for over a week now. I'm SO ready to get back to work! This variant really knocked me down and, even though I am no longer testing positive, my energy level is still on the rebound!

Jul 04, 2022 07:25 AM