I will not pretend to have answers for your questions about why flags at government/federal building were not placed at half mast. Nor, do I blame anyone for this not being completed in a timely fashion. What I will tell you and explain is that I know as an American I have the right to freedom of speech, the right to stand up for what I believe and start a national movement in a positive light. Now imagine this, for the last 24 hours thousands of people worldwide from different backgrounds, religions, races and beliefs united to help honor the fallen marines from Chattanooga. The main focus of these supporters to help lower the flags to honor the sacrifice of service members they may or may not of known, because in their hearts they knew it was the right thing to do. To me, I smiled each time someone joined the movement knowing that we were finally living the American dream in my mind "United we stand, Divided we fall." To me, that is what America is all about, Uniting as one, together to support, value and respect someone's freedom of speech, the right to their beliefs and the right to stand up for what they love. Way to go, World!
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My name is Melissa Jarboe, military spouse, wounded warrior wife and war widow. Today and everyday moving forward, I will honor the sacrifice of our men and women who selflessly serve our nation.