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  •  These guys have always amazed me. (14+ / 0-)

    At least for as long as I have known about them. But I wasn't aware of them before I read Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

    They and their people were put down and kicked around for hundreds of years before 1940. And they came home from WWII to more of it. And there they are in their old age, saluting the flag and proud to do it. This country has a lot to promise people like them, and it has always delivered a very little of that promise, but it seems they kept the faith in spite of it.

    They are the people who make me proud of America, and for myself and my family history I understand patriotism, for these guys, I don't understand where it comes from.  

    •  The moment in the Pow Wow (12+ / 0-)

      during the Grand Entry when the color guard presents the American flag along with the flags of the Nations and all of the veterans are honored always makes me tear up.

      Two weeks after 9/11 we attended a Pow Wow and the dancers invited us into the circle. I can't explain how I felt, bad dancer with no rhythm that I am. I felt healed, whole for the first time since the attacks.

      It was really something.

      Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

      by high uintas on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 08:44:08 PM PDT

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