To the editor:

We who served in the armed forces were required to salute the flag and the national anthem. We served so that our citizens did not have to kowtow to a flag, an anthem or a strong man. All Germans were required by the Nazi regime to salute the Nazi flag and the Fuhrer. My cousins fought and died to put a stop to that nonsense.

Not standing for the anthem or not saluting the flag does not dishonor the military. It honors the freedom of expression that all of us defended during our service. Mine was the U.S. Navy during Korea, and I am proud that we had a commander-in-chief with a sense of honor and dignity and spoke like a respectable president.

Donald A. Smith