I Am The Flag

June 25, 2012

I am the flag of the United States of America.

My name is Old Glory. I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.

I stand watch in America's halls of justice.

I fly majestically over institutions of learning.

I stand guard with power in the world. Look up and see me.

I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice. I stand for freedom.

I am confident. I am arrogant. I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners, my head is a little higher,

my colors a little truer. I bow to no one! I am recognized all over

the world. I am worshiped - I am saluted. I am loved - I am revered.

I am respected - and I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every war for more than 200 years.

I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appamatox.

I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy, Guam. Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam. I was there. I led my troops,

I was dirty, battleworn and tired, but my soldiers cheered me.

And I was proud. I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries I have helped set free. It does not hurt,

for I am invincible. And when it's by those whom I've served in battle - it hurts. But I shall overcome - for I am strong. I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon.

I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest hours.

But my finest hours are yet to come. When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded comrades on the battlefield.

When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier, Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave of their fallen son or daughter, I am proud.

MY NAME IS OLD GLORY. LONG MAY I WAVE.



DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN:

LONG MAY I WAVE. PLEASE FORWARD MY MESSAGE TO

ALL WHO STILL LOVE AND RESPECT ME, THAT I MAY FLY

PROUDLY FOR ANOTHER TWO HUNDRED YEARS.

Chris & Dan

Chris & Dan Buendo, Grateful Co-Publishers

P.S. Thank you to all our faithful readers and advertisers for welcoming us into your homes and hearts every week. We hope you have a wonderful day!


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