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April 22nd 2008 - I received this may have seen it before. The next time you are at a race or sporting event, think of this during the National Anthem. FREEDOM IS THE GREATEST THING WE HAVE! - BRONCO

From Senator John McCain

In light of the recent appeals court ruling in California, with
to the Pledge of Allegiance, the following recollection from
Senator John
McCain is very appropriate:.

"The Pledge of Allegiance" - Senator John McCain
As you may know, I spent five and one half years as a prisoner
of war
during the Vietnam War. In the early years of our imprisonment,
the NVA
kept us in solitary confinement or two or three to a cell. In
1971 the NVA
moved us from these conditions of isolation into large rooms
with as many
as 30 to 40 men to a room.

This was,as you can imagine, a wonderful change and was a direct
result of
the efforts of millions of Americans on behalf of a few hundred
10,000 miles from home.

One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named Mike
Christian. Mike came from a small town near Selma, Alabama. He
didn't wear
a pair of shoes until he was 13 years old. At 17, he enlisted in
the US
Navy. He later earned a commission by going to Officer Training
Then he became a Naval Flight Officer and was shot down and
captured in
1967. Mike had a keen and deep appreciation of the opportunities
country and our military provide for people who
want to work and want to succeed.

As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese allowed some
to receive packages from home. In some of these packages were
handkerchiefs, scarves and other items of clothing.

Mike got himself a bamboo needle. Over a period of a couple of
months, he
created an American flag and sewed on the inside of his shirt.

Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang
Mike's shirt
on the wall of the cell and say the Pledge of Allegiance.

I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most important
part of
our day now, but I can assure you that in that stark cell it was
the most important and meaningful event.

One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as they did
discovered Mike's shirt with the flag sewn inside, and removed

That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, and for
benefit of all of us, beat Mike Christian severely for the next
couple of
hours. Then, they opened the door of the cell and threw him in.
We cleaned
him up as well as we could..

The cell in which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle on
which we
slept. Four naked light bulbs hung in each corner of the room.

As I said, we tried to clean up Mike as well as we could. After
excitement died down, I looked in the corner of the room, and
there beneath that dim light bulb with a piece of red cloth,
another shirt
and his bamboo needle, was my friend, Mike Christian. He was
sitting there
with his eyes almost shut from the beating he had received,
making another
American flag. He was not making the flag because it made Mike
feel better. He was making that flag because he knew how
important it was
to us to be able to Pledge our allegiance to our flag and

So the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance,you must never
the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Americans have made
to build
our nation and promote freedom around the world..

You must remember our duty, our honor, and our country

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
and to
the republic for which it stands, one nation under God,
liberty and justice for all."

PASS THIS ON... and on... and on! You can even send it back to
me, I
don't mind, because its worth reading again.