Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Price for Freedom-Video Fourteen-Robin Williams as The Flag-We’ll Stand

I can’t explain it … but … I “discovered” this video in my files … a video I had seen, years ago, but was unable to “save” it, or unable to transfer it in a format that I could share it …

I have often been in this folder, on my Desktop, where I save videos for future use … in fact, I was just there a couple of days ago … but, it wasn’t there …

It was there … today … as I began to work on the latest installment in “The Price for Freedom” series.

Here goes …

Our fourteenth video in this series features the amazing talent of Robin Williams, captured in a live performance on
March 22, 1982 … this was 35 years ago … 35 years ago …

All of the production credits are included in the video …

Throughout this series, I have, in this introduction, featured quotes or text from the featured video.
The subject of “The Flag” has been in the news a lot, lately … As a sports fan, I am aware of this …
I guess, even if you’re not a sports fan, you are aware of news about “The Flag.”

Funny … I really haven’t, even once, been asked about “my stand” on this situation …
I guess … people don’t have to ask … they, just, already know …

At School, we say the Pledge of Allegiance every day … the same time, every day, between 1st and 2nd period.
Today … a busy Friday … it was Homecoming Day here … so, I took advantage of the time between periods to visit
the faculty restroom. While there, I heard the announcement … to “Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.”
There, of course, is a pause, between the announcement to stand, and the Pledge …

Yes … that was me, barreling down the hall, hand over heart, racing to the Library, which was the closest
location which I knew had the American Flag … I made it! I may have broken every rule, including the law of
gravity to make it, but I made it … as I crossed the threshold of the Library, right-hand door, I could see The Flag …
The Flag, I may add, which flies above a framed display of a folded American Flag, which, folded in that “triangle,”
contains The Flag which flew on board military aircraft in Afghanistan, and was donated to the Library …

The “triangle-fold” Flag which matched the pin I wore on my left shirt collar today … a pin of The Flag, folded in a
triangle … with the words “IN HONOR” underneath The Flag … A pin I wear every day … A pin which was presented to me
at my Father’s Funeral …

Where The Flag was draped over my beloved Father’s casket …
The Flag that was presented, in that “Triangle Fold,” to my Sister, at graveside, after a 21-Gun Salute …
“on behalf of 
a grateful nation.”

I guess that’s ’nuff said …

Yeah, I’ll stand for The Pledge.
Yeah, I’ll stand for The Anthem.
Yeah, I’ll stand.
I mean … How can I not???

35 years ago, Robin Williams (here’s where I add quotes and text from the video) said, as The Flag, “I had a tough time
for a while. I been in a lot of wars. They fired missiles and muskets at me, but, you know, come the dawn’s early light,
I’m still there … But people haven’t always been respectful of me. Sometimes, it’s been tough. There’ve been some
people who have tried to spit on me, trample me, burn me … sometimes some Americans, too … ”

Mr. Williams would, then, stoop down on one knee … yes, kneel on one knee, as The Flag, and say, “That’s not my favorite
position, because, that’s half-mast …”

Again today, I was describing Carol to a co-worker, and, because it’s true, once again, it just came out:
“She is the most genuinely nice person I’ve ever known.”

However … I can’t print how she feels about those who won’t stand.
Yeah, I’ll stand.
My Father … her Father … So many in our family … like yours … have served …
Or … still serve …
Yeah, we’ll stand …

As we continue to remember, continue “to stand,” because

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

Here’s Robin Williams as “The Flag:”


The Price for Freedom-Video Thirteen: Amazing Grace/Amazing Images

“I would like to thank soldiers of past and present for their service and everything they have done. I don’t think we realize how much you boys have done.”

Our thirteenth video in this series features
“Amazing Grace/Amazing Images.”

Originally produced as a “Veterans Day” Salute, the only text in the video, other than the “thank you” which opens this introductions, are the words of a soldier, writing to his son:

As we continue to remember, to “NEVER FORGET,” that

“The price for this freedom has been high …”



The Price for Freedom-Video Twelve-Andy Rooney on Memorial Day

“No official day is adequate for something like that …”

Our twelfth video in this series features Andy Rooney’s famous commentary on “Memorial Day.”

Andy Rooney was perhaps best known for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney,” which aired as part of the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” from 1978 to
2011. His final regular appearance on “60 Minutes” aired on October 2, 2011. He died one month later, on November 4, 2011, at age 92.

“I have more to remember on Memorial Day than most of you …”

Andy Rooney began his career in newspapers while in the Army when, in 1942, he began writing for “Stars and Stripes,” in London, during World War II.
In February 1943, he was flying with the Eighth Air Force, as a correspondent who flew on the second American bombing raid over Germany. He was the first journalist to reach the Ludendorff Bridge after the 9th Armored Division captured it on March 7, 1945.

Later, Andy Rooney was one of the first American journalists to visit the Nazi concentration camps, and one of the first to write about them.

For his service as a war correspondent in combat zones during the war, Rooney was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal (the Bronze Star), given for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a
combat zone. He was also awarded the Air Medal, given for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

Andy Rooney’s “end-of-show” segment on 60 Minutes, “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” (originally “Three Minutes or So With Andy Rooney”), began in 1978, as a summer replacement for the debate segment “Point/Counterpoint.”

If you remember, Rooney was always seated behind a walnut table … his own table, which he had made himself.

Here’s Andy Rooney asking us to “consider what they did for us” …

Let us, also, now, continue to remember, to realize, that
“The price for this freedom has been high …”


The Price for Freedom-Video Eleven

“Remembering our fallen heroes
Their family and friends who bear
The burdens of great sorrow and pain”

Our eleventh video in this series gives us another opportunity to remember, to honor, and to think about, those who served, and, that those who serve “are not forgotten.”

“Who kept the faith
And fought the fight;
The glory theirs,
The duty ours”
Wallace Bruce
From the poem, “Memorial Day”

Let us, also, now, continue to remember, to realize, that

“The price for this freedom has been high …”