Wednesday, June 14, 2006


This FLAG proudly flies 365 days a year, does yours?

"The Flag"

(author unknown)

Hello. Remember me? Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America. Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you - because it is about you and me.

I remember some time ago, people would line up on both side of the street to watch the parade, and naturally I was leading every one, proudly waving in the breeze.

When your Daddy saw me coming, he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that his hand was directly over his heart - remember?

And you, I remember, were standing there, straight as a soldier. You didn't have a hat, but you were giving the right salute. Remember your little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you with her right hand over her heart - remember?

What happened? I'm still the same old flag. Oh, I've added a few more stars since you were a boy, and a lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago.

But now, somehow I don't feel as proud as I used to feel. When I come down the street, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets. You may give me a small glance, and then you look away. I see children running around you shouting; they don't seem to know who I am.

I saw one man take his hat off, then he looked around, and when he didn't see anybody else take off his hat, he quickly put his on again.

Is it a sin to be patriotic today? Have you forgotten what I stand for, and where I have been? Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea and Vietnam!

Take a look at the memorial honor rolls, and see the names of those patriotic Americans who gave their lives to keep this republic free. When you salute me, you are actually saluting them!
So when you see me, please stand straight and place your hand over your heart, and I'll know that you remembered. I'll salute you by waving back!

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kbug said...

Yes, our flag flies 365 days a year over our house, as does the Army flag and Air Force flag beneath it...and I always stand at attention as the flag goes by in a parade. As far as I'm concerned, being patriotic is part of being an American...but maybe too many people have forgotten that.

dyzgoneby said...

I am right with you two. My flag flies 365 days a year with the Marine Corps flag underneth it. I only know of two other people who do as well.

I agree, too many people have forgotton what the American Flag stands for.

Pamela Reece said...

My flag flies 24/7 (except in a wind storm) 365. Remember after 9/11 and American flags were seen everywhere? In my neighborhood, I can count on one hand the number that fly regularly. They have forgotten and it shames me that they are my fellow Americans to know that.

sher said...

My flag flies 365 and all Americans should remember to honor their country!

also... incorporate that thingy that makes you identify yourself before leaving a comment and it will get rid of those spam issues!... sheesh!


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