Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Our Junior Order United American Mechanics is a fraternal organization for men and women was founded on Virtue, Liberty and Patriotism. We have always been proud, respectful and deeply devoted to displaying and saluting our American flag, proudly saying the Pledge of Allegiance, standing for our National anthem and very thankful for all the men and women who have fought to keep our nation free. We never want to forget the lives lost, black, white, red or yellow, in defense of our country.
The recent act of not showing the proper respect for our anthem and flag at events is very disconcerting. We, as Juniors, must defend the American flag and what it stands for by honoring our patriotic creed and standing up against those who do not. Using the anthem and our flag disrespectfully to speak out against racial injustice is a moot point.
Let’s encourage those who would sit during the playing of our National anthem to channel their efforts and resources to change what they feel are racial injustices. To begin this change, they might start with those youngsters who look up to them. Speaking and showing them how great our country is, talking with them about what is good as well as what is not would provide a starting point for making the changes necessary for a better America. Embracing change is a hard task but it must be done with respect for all. Changes that strengthen and benefit all must be given an opportunity to mature.
Yes, we need to correct an injustice when it is identified and we need to do it by working together but we also need to look for a solution that promotes growth that will solidify America’s greatness for the future.
We need to use this opportunity to let our neighbors, co-workers and strangers know about the Junior Order and its strong belief in Liberty and Patriotism. I ask that each of you, as a Junior and as an American, speak out about the proper respect for our national anthem and our flag.
Yours in Virtue, Liberty & Patriotism
Dennis R. Everett
GO FORTH AND SPREAD THE NEWS OF OUR BELOVED ORDER'S PRINCIPLES. OUR NATION NEEDS US DURING THESE TROUBLED TIMES.