Depending on how you count it, I am a third-generation American. And It is an honor to live in this country, an honor I sometimes worry is taken for granted. When I read this about Ozzie Guillen, who was born in Ocumare Del Tuy, Venezula, I wanted to high-five the guy. He gets it:
The Anthem lasts from 90 seconds to two minutes, Guillen says. If you can’t handle standing still for it, the Sun-Sentinel reports, prepare to feel the Wrath of Oz:
“A lot of people have been killed trying to make this country free for us,” Guillen said. “You should be there for at least two minutes. Respect that, especially if you come from another country. You should be there an hour before.
- Ozzie Guillen of the Miami Marlins
I think it looks good for baseball if you’re in the stands and you look at the team respecting the flag and the National Anthem…Kids can see that, the respect.”
It’s the same singular rule Guillen had when he managed the Chicago White Sox from 2004 through most of 2011. Guillen always has shown respect for what it means to be an American; he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006.
Will I cheer for the new-look Florida Marlins this year? No, but I’ll order fish off the menu the next time I go to a seafood joint, in honor of Ozzie. . .
While we are on the subject of patriotism, we lost one of the good guys, Buck Compton:
Lynn D. “Buck” Compton, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died, his family said. Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times.
“To us he wasn’t really a war hero, he was just a hero, period,” Tracy Compton told the Herald.
- WWII veterans, from left, Sid Phillips, Buck Compton, Bradford Freeman, and William Guarnere pose at the screening of the Band of Brothers
Lynn Compton also is remembered for his legal career in California. He headed the team that prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the slaying of Robert F. Kennedy and was appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal in 1970 by Gov. Ronald Reagan. He retired from the bench in 1990.
He was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart during World War II. But it wasn’t until later in life that he became famous for his military service as a first lieutenant in Easy Company after the unit parachuted into France on D-Day in 1944.
Thank you Lieutenant Compton for your service. You make all Lieutenants and all Americans proud. Godspeed, friend. . .