Old Glory Returned to Her Rightful Spot

By
Real Estate Agent

I want to thank Endre Barath, Jr. and Mark Don McInnes, for hosting this June Old Glory Challenge.  For me, it has provided a measure of healing, and I believe for our Old Glory, a bit of cleansing too.  

Prior to the early 1990s, Sacramento was home to three military bases – Two Air Force bases and an Army Depot.  Many of my neighbors are retired military.  Often in the past, many homes here had flags waving.  My own flag, being among them. However, after the January 6th 2021 insurrection at our nation’s Capitol, things changed somewhat.  Fewer flags have flown.  I admit I’ve been hesitant doing so.  In the year and half since that infamous day, there have been times I’ve reached for Old Glory to introduce her to flight.  However, horrific images in my head occupied haunting thoughts.  Among them, images of
Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone being severely beaten by a rioter with stars, stripes and pole in hand. The beating accompanied by shouts, "Kill him with his own gun."

Although, I have been reluctant to fly Old Glory since that day, I have also felt guilt and a little shame.  These feelings emanate from realizing our flag is being hidden away, while doing no wrong.
We must not allow those attempting to sully Old Glory’s importance and beauty, with their acts of insurrection. Old Glory belongs to ALL of us - Not an insurrectionist few!

Capitol Police Officers and others lost their lives as a result of the January 6th event - All from those who hijacked a symbol of this country’s greatness, but used instead as banner for misguided mob violence and an attempted coup.

This morning, for the first time after all these months, I took Old Glory off her special shelf, and hung her proudly once again!  On the far right of this photo, you will note my neighbor across the street, who also has Old Glory flying high on the flag pole in their front yard!



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Myrl Jeffcoat ActiveRain Signature
  

Comments (12)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I will try to remember to fly my dad's funeral flag this year Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jun 27, 2022 01:13 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat

That would be a wonderful tribute, Paul.

Jun 27, 2022 03:48 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Myrl... not totally sure why January 6th engendered fewer flags being flown. I can't say I'd noticed that here in my area. And in my neighborhood, specifically, many of our homes fly flags every day and not just on patriotic holidays. It's one of the first things people notice as they drive through the streets... all the flags on our front porches.

Jun 27, 2022 01:32 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat

When I traveled through the Carolinas in 2014, I loved seeing Americana was alive and well.

Jun 27, 2022 03:47 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We never stopped flying our flag and a few that were misguided on that day should not be holding proud citizens as hostages

Jun 27, 2022 03:06 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat

I totally agree, Ed!

Jun 27, 2022 03:45 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

I am happy you fly the beautiful flag and proudly let it wave its Glory!

Jun 27, 2022 10:14 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl thank you for your post, just to be clear Old Glory Flies every day and night at our home and there are many  teachers who are nearby who should be ashamed of themselves that they can not fly their flag when they are supposed to, after all it is less than two weeks out of the year. Endre

Jun 27, 2022 11:11 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm glad your flag has been returned to her rightful spot!

Jun 28, 2022 04:44 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jun 28, 2022 04:52 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Myrl, so glad your flag and the neighbor's flag are flying proudly again! 

Jun 28, 2022 06:09 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Kudos Myrl Jeffcoat .  Our flag embodies 'courage' which you choose in proudly flying Ole Glory.  M

Jun 28, 2022 07:54 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl we cannot let the actions of others dictate what we do or do not do.

Jun 28, 2022 04:03 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - I can tell you did a lot of soul searching. You did the right thing to put Old Glory back where it belonged and how wonderful it is to know across the street, your neighbor did too. 

Jun 29, 2022 02:36 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and an outstanding holiday weekend.

We have hot weather in Maryland.

Jul 01, 2022 04:43 AM