Community honors Chachi at Fallen Hero Memorial dedication Around Town, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Jun 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Several hundred residents, veterans and students gathered in front of the Veterans Memorial Building Saturday morning to memorialize Lance Cpl. Joshua "Chachi" Corral, the Danville Marine who was killed in action in November 2011.
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Posted by Marie, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jun 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm
I donít mean to be negative, this was a wonderful event, but I have been wondering this for a whileÖ How come some people donít salute our flag during the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance or when the flag passes by in a parade or something? I noticed a man in the picture not saluting when others were. I know we have not lost our patriotism because of the turn out for all of these events. Anyone know why?
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:36 am
My take on your question is apathy, lack of teaching of patriotism in our schools in order to be politically correct to those of other cultures who live here but don't consider themselves Americans. There was a time when those from other countries wanted to come here to become Americans, I don't think that is the issue for many anymore. We have become a nation of takers and have a sense of entitlement that is amazing. It is heartening to see those who haven't forgot that it is still OK to be patriotic and to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Posted by jrm, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:16 am
What a stirring event, very moving and it was something I will remember for a long time. The brief remarks by Candace were especially appropo. Chachi's brother Matt was handing out small American flags and I thought of the sacrifice of this family. If you weren't there you missed a very special Danville moment.
Posted by Aubrey, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm
The standard for the National Anthem is to cover your heart with your right hand. If wearing a hat, and no prior or current military service, remove the hat, otherwise stand at attention and salute. BTW, it is considered bad form to salute without prior or current military service.
Posted by Michele, a resident of another community, on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm
I was able to attend this event and thought it was a beautiful memorial. My son was in his 4th week of Marine boot camp when Chachi was killed...it really hit close to home. I was so impressed that his unit all came to support the family! This makes this Mom proud that her son joined the Marine Corps!
In regard to the lack of respect during the national anthem...I am a first grade teacher in Dublin and we still do the flag salute every day and in all our assemblies. I teach my class to respect our country and the flag. I have noticed too the lack of respect as well and it always saddens me because we live in such a great country!