To the editor:

I attended the Story County Civil War Sesquicentennial services on Flag Day, June 14. I was very disappointed in the citizens of Nevada. Have we no respect for our flag and the country that it represents? The "Star Spangled Banner" was being played, but the people in attendance were too busy walking around, chatting, etc., to stop, stand at attention and salute our flag and country. At the close of the service, "Taps" was played. I saw one man come to attention, salute, then noticing no one else was saluting, he lowered his hand. Are we so ashamed to show our love of country? Where is Nevada’s patriotism? People seem to be unsure what to do, or what other people are going to do at times like these. Our flag represents our country. Our veterans have served under the flag; some of them giving their lives so that we might live freely in this great country. It is really disappointing to see that our citizens are not able to take a moment out of their visiting, texting, etc., to stop and render a simple salute to our flag and country at moments like this. I am proud to stand and salute.

Linda Beem

Nevada