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This book was my response to the NFL kneeling during our National Anthem.
I was mad and embarrassed that our children were seeing this disrespect and that other countries saw what our own people were doing.
Men and women fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for people to kneel or turn their backs during the National Anthem and our flag is like doing that to them.
So I took my anger and decided to turn into something positive and make sure the children growing up now will learn why we STAND, why America is free and why America is just down right awesome!
Hirstius is an author, illustrator and publisher from New Orleans who believes the United States is the greatest nation on earth. A self-taught artist and writer, she started drawing in high school, taking her inspiration from comics. In 2012, she began her career as a children’s book author and illustrator with only a $168 budget to publish thirty copies of her first release “Juju the GOOD voodoo.” She has published ten books and she sold more than 18,000 copies. Hirstius received the St. Tammany Parish President's award for Literary artist of the year in 2019. Michelle lives in the Greater New Orleans area with her Cairn Terrier Sassy.
My family has a long history in the military. My great grandfather Otto Hirstius was in the Navy for 50 years and fought in both World War I and World War II with all 6 of his sons. My grandfather was one of them, George W. Hirstius was in the Navy and fought in World War II and came back home safely with his father