Letters to the Editor

Be the first to stand

Let’s rekindle patriotism.

I watched the Main Street Parade last Saturday and, although it was one of the best ever, I had to quit watching because I was getting so upset at the people watching the parade, sitting while our flag passed them.

Where are the patriotic Americans? Not so many years ago, our hearts lifted at the sound of a marching band and our voices blended mightily in such songs as “America the Beautiful” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” But is it “square” to the enthusiastic to show our love for our country? The patriotism that made this country great, the patriotism that once was a cause of pride is now too often a cause of cynicism and embarrassment.

It was no simple accident that made the United States the greatest nation in the world. Many battlegrounds have been stained with blood of America’s freedom and liberty which some of our citizens take so lightly. If the patriots from all the 13 original colonies had not been willing to fight against tremendous odds for the sake of freedom, we might still be subjects of the king and queen of England.

How then did a virtue, which has meant so much to our country fall so short? Parents, stand up and teach your children to stand up when the American flag goes by. If you were not born in America but now live here, you, too, need to honor our flag.

Let me be clear. I don’t mean you need to stand up for every display on a float, but when the flag is carried as a banner on horses, bands, etc., then, yes, it’s being presented to you.

You be the first to stand and others will follow. You can even say, “please stand.” Yes, I know I’m a flag waver and proud of it.

Shirlee Muffly,

Ramona

Music alliance thanks community for support

The Alliance for Music Education and Ramona High School Band Program would like to thank everyone who made our Bulldog Country Charity Cars & Crafts Show on April 28 a success.

Thank you to our sponsors, car show registrants, vendors, volunteers, and students, whose participation in this event helped to raise nearly $2,500 for the RHS Band Program.

Special thanks to our sponsors: City Barber Shop, Pat’s Custom Cars, Automotive Fleet Service, Traction Tire, Eiler Tire & Brake, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Ramona Automotive, All American KTM, & Back Country Fire.   A big shout out goes to Jon Hasz from Ramona Music Center, who graciously donated his time and equipment to provide incredible sound for the Royal Blues Jazz Band.

We had vendors who donated items for opportunity drawing baskets and silent auction items. They are too numerous to list, but we wish to thank them also.  Also appreciated are those who brought their cars for display, which included everything from 1930 hot rods and ‘50s classics to custom cars from today.  We even had a 1939 fire truck from the Ramona Air Attack Base.

Finally, thank you to the parents and students who provided the manpower to put on this event. We could not have done it without you.

We appreciate the support of the community and look forward to an even better show next year.

Kathy Kubiak,

Ramona

   
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