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There has been quite a bit of talk about athletes displaying their feelings by not standing for the national anthem. Now, others are also expressing themselves in the same way.

I am a patriot and will stand for my country's flag and the national anthem in a heartbeat. Having said that, please remember that we have freedoms for which veterans like me wore a uniform and served. One of those is the freedom of speech (expression). Not standing for the national anthem or the flag is an expression of one's belief. Any citizen here has the right to do that, regardless of whether or not it is a popular action to take.

Whether or not you choose to stand for the flag and the anthem is up to you. It's your freedom.

Marian Ely

Corvallis (Aug. 6)

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