Yes, I often complain about the current government administration taking us to Hell in a handbasket, I detest the TSA and everything about the misnamed "Patriot Act", I often complain about taxes, and I don't believe there are very many reasons to take up arms against other countries so I disagree with most wars, BUT when everything is boiled away, I love my Country. I love the Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights. I love the ideals that the Founding Fathers based the Constitution on. I feel that we are straying heavily from those ideals, but deep down, patriotism is there in my heart. And for that veteran to salute *me* touched me deeply.
See the guy on the far left, waving the flag? That's the one.
As an aside, this is the song that has been going through my head all day because of that event. It is from some kids' music I bought for my kids when they were little from Brite Music. If you are interested, here is a commercial about all of the songs on the CD:
I hope that as Old Glory goes by in your town's parade, you'll be able to reflect on your own feelings about America and what being an American means to you.
Have a good day!