I am the flag


    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 worshipped - 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 then 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 know me,
    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.

    I have been soiled upon, burned, torn
    and trampled on the streets of my country.
    And when it's by those whom I've served in battle - it
    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.

  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Chellyse66
    Thank you for posting I am the Flag!!
  4. by   CEN35
    that is great!!!
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    i am your flag

    "traditionalists say i was born of a woman's hand ... fashioned from bits of colored cloth by a seamstress in a small house in philadelphia, a year after the new country was born.

    historians are less certain of my origin. yet, no one doubts my existence. i was created out of necessity to serve as the emblem of a people whose experiment in nationhood was as unique as the arrangement of my stars and stripes.

    i have proved my adaptability to change. i've accommodated growth. i've stood up to time and troubles. i fluttered in the fall air with general washington and his loyal french allies at yorktown. my fabric was shredded by cannonballs from british frigates in the war of 1812 and i was carried in triumph by andy jackson at new orleans. the british could see me clearly in the mists of "dawn's early light," waving from the standards at fort mchenry.

    i've witnessed turmoil and bitterness, even lost some of my glory in mid-century in a war between brothers, but i was restored as a nation's emblem at appomattox.

    i traveled west with the new frontier. i flew from the headlamps of the iron horse in utah. i was with the prospectors at sutter's mill, with the cavalry against cattle rustlers, with the rough riders at san juan hill.

    i crossed the marne with the doughboys anxious to make the world safe for democracy. i was raised over a shell-pocked hilltop at iwo jima and i stood by the grim-faced negotiators at panmunjom. i was on that last helicopter from saigon and with the men and women of operation desert storm.

    i have been around in victory and defeat. i've seen pain and pleasure. i've been folded smartly by soldiers and handed to weeping widows. i've covered the coffins of those who've served country and community.

    but, i also decorate bandstands and concert halls. i am saluted in parades, in schools and at ball parks.

    i am part of political campaigns, high holidays and ice cream socials. i fly from skyscrapers and bungalows. i've been to the moon and the ocean floor.

    i am everywhere my people are. i am saluted and, occasionally, scorned. i have been held with pride and i have been ridiculed, because i am everything my people are: proud, angry, happy, sad, vengeful, argumentative, ambitious, indifferent.

    i was created to serve a people in struggle and a government in change. there are now more stars in my blue field than there were in the beginning and, if need be, there's room for more.

    but, those red and white stripes remain as they've always remained: clearly visible through the struggle...the symbol of the "land of the free and the home of the brave."

    i am your past. i am your future. i am your flag.

    by bob nelson
    kyw newsradio

    flag day is june 14th.
    independence day is july 4th

    this was written by bob for the bicentennial celebration....i have repeatedly listen to him recite it on kyw radio over the years. it holds a special place in my heart as my gradmom lena hall was born on that day and made me away of how special the flag is.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 28, '01