Harry Riley, COL, USA, Ret. Letter to the Editor about Independence Day, Prayer for Our Country and Flying the U.S. Flag in Distress

Letter to editor:

Which is the right approach during this Independence Day – …celebrate or pray?

There is reason to celebrate based on the God fearing sacrificial efforts of our Founding Fathers, their Declaration of Independence and follow on US Constitution, and the willing sacrificial blood of millions of patriots over 235 years which knitted a fabric of freedom and liberty unknown in the human world.

There is also urgent reason to pray given America is now under a despotic thumb, the moral compass guiding America is without conscience, aliens are devouring our strength, idol worship in the forms of wealth and power, corruption and immorality abounds throughout, and preying on one another is without apology.

Hypocritical political leaders have shredded our constitution, divided our nation with “smooth, tricky, treacherous, slippery, deceitful, unreliable speech” and done so with unabashed fervor that reflects evil of the worst dimension. The solemn oath leaders take is a meaningless Proforma exercise for most, and neglected without guilt by practically all.

American government has sanctioned the killing of our helpless, abandoned God to the point of forbidding the word God or Jesus during burial services of our warriors in a veterans cemetery. America today should take note of Israel’s sad past experience and the high price paid for forsaking God.

Our American flag symbolizes our nation, it’s strength, freedom and liberty.

During times of right direction it is flown with the 50 stars in the upper left corner. In times of ‘distress” and “grave danger” the US flag is flown with the 50 stars in the lower left corner. …This Independence Day I will pray and fly my flag in “distress” mode.

Harry Riley, COL, USA, Ret