Dear America, I remember when you embraced the differences of your people as your strength. Your melting pot, however, has melted and burned the very men and women who have protected you since 1776. When a Muslim terrorist gunned four of your Marines and a sailor down, your leader waited nearly a week to lower flags on these servicemen's behalf.

Dear America, I remember when you embraced the differences of your people as your strength. Your melting pot, however, has melted and burned the very men and women who have protected you since 1776. When a Muslim terrorist gunned four of your Marines and a sailor down, your leader waited nearly a week to lower flags on these servicemen's behalf.

Why did it take nearly a week to show the respect due our veterans when the White House in only a few hours following the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision, your leader painted the residence of your leader in an array of rainbow lights? What message does that send to your people?

The world has gone completely bonkers. When a serviceman or woman is killed in the line of duty, it is our job as Americans to pay respect to them. It seems as of late, we go out of our way to forget those same men and women who fight for your right to burn the American flag or dig up veterans graves because we do not like what that veteran fought for?

In a day where schools no longer teach the valiant sacrifices our military has given you over the past 200 years, it is no wonder that our troops are not taken care of when they return from war. It is no wonder that the overwhelming majority of flagpoles in Helena are left bereft of any flag. Is it no wonder that nearly a week following the massacre of five servicemen in Tennessee that Helena flags, the few there are on poles, were sent down the pole to half-staff. Indeed it is no wonder at all.

In a day where our military are considered as trivial as the grand history they represent, your heritage steadily circles the drain on the heels of some so-called Americans that take that flag and label it as racist, or any number of other labels that have been attached to our banner of stars and stripes.

Helena, you live on a battlefield – the same battlefield that gave thousands of slaves freedom. The same battlefield that, following the Confederate defeat, kept America strong as it became the backdoor for the Union Army to eventually readmit Arkansas back into the Union. The same battlefield that brings tourists from all over the country, yes, the same battlefield that will help save the community with taxable tourism monies.

Let us not forget our men and women that have fought for us so hard since the American Revolution, the same men and women that have made our country the best in the world.

Do not get me wrong, I have no stance at all on the gay marriage issue, but to celebrate that and to go out of our way and forget our veterans is at the least very irresponsible.