Thursday, June 14, 2007

HAPPY FLAG DAY.

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

There is nothing that gets to me worse that seeing a ragged flag flying or someone not lowering the flag when ordered by our President or our State Government. I can look out my window at work and see a ragged flag flying at one of our Federal Buildings. I am sure that if you were standing on the ground you would not notice, but I am at eye level with it, and it is a disgrace in my opinion.



"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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2 comments:

kbug said...

Mine flies 365 days a year also, except when a storm took down our flag pole down...but a week later, a new one was in place... :) There is a major problem with patriotism these days, and I can't figure out why. Maybe it's because there are so few in the military these days, but most have parents or grandparents who served and should have taught them to be patriots and to respect our flag and country. My dad taught my brothers, sisters, and I...and I taught my boys.

Melinda said...

Hubs carries copies of the "proper care & display of the flag" brochures from the US government. He hands them out to people if he finds someone in need of one. On his UPS route, he sees all kinds of things & he's all about education. He has even called realtors whose numbers are listed in front of commercial buildings w/raggedy flags. He gets SORE about it too & with good reason. Like he says, "If you're going to fly it, do it right."



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