Proud to be an American


You are darn right I am proud to be an American.

I would take up arms again if the need surfaced.

The reason for the spark of sudden patriotism came as I recently watched on television the funeral of two fallen North Carolina State Highway Patrol Officers in Watauga County.

It was one of the most emotional, stirring funerals I have ever seen.

It stimulated a burst of pride as the cameras focused on the crowds that lined the streets and roads of Boone as the caisson moved by.

One of the troopers was a K9 officer.

His dog, Raven, was there and being handled by another officer.

It was obvious the dog sensed something and finally the officer handling him was overcome with emotion, and had to take the dog and leave.

The Highway Patrol caisson unit carried the two flag-draped caskets through the streets to a final resting place for their fallen brothers.

Emotions were high, and it was a time to hear the silence and see the reflection of respect.

I was watching the funeral with wet eyes, and could feel the swelling of pride for our western neighbors who took respect to another level.

It was a time to clearly see that all lives matter.

It’s as simple as that.

The overwhelming majority of us support law enforcement and law and order.

Those who don’t, apparently don’t respect anything that moves all of us forward to become a better nation.

We have a segment of our society that has become nothing but a bunch of protesters.

We need some mamas, who know how to use a switch, returning to the streets and sending their young’uns packing back home for some real home schooling.

But, what that would wind up doing is provoke a bunch of bleeding heart do-gooders into the streets to protest child abuse.

Few things are as complicated as they seem.

Folks who don’t like what is going on in this country still have the right to leave.

Go somewhere else with your whining and see how far it gets you.

Folks have got to eat and food is not free.

Protesters in the streets are protesting and not working. That means they are living off someone.

William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at


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