Sunday, October 9, 2011

I Am Your Flag

I was born June 14, 1777.
I am more than just cloth shaped into a design.
I am the refuge
of the world's oppressed people.
I am the silent sentinel of Freedom.
I am the emblem
of the greatest sovereign nation on earth.
I am the inspiration
for which American Patriots
gave their lives and fortunes.
I have led your sons into battle
from Valley Forge
to the bloody ridges of Korea.
I walk in silence
with each of your Honored Dead
to their final resting place
beneath the silent white crosses,
row upon row.
I have flown through peace and war,
Strife and prosperity,
and amidst it all, I have been respected.

My Red Stripes
symbolize the blood spilled
in defense of this Glorious Nation.
My White Stripes
signify the burning tears
shed by Americans who lost their sons.
My Blue Field
is indicative of God's heaven,
under which I fly.
My stars, clustered together,
unify 50 states as one
for God and Country.
"Old Glory" is my nickname,
and proudly I wave on high,
Honor me, respect me, defend me
with your lives
and your fortunes.
Never let my enemies tear me down
from my lofty position,
lest I never return.
Keep alight
the fires of patriotism,
Strive earnestly
for the spirit of democracy.
Worship Eternal God,
and Keep His Commandments,
And I shall remain the bulwark
of peace
and freedom
for all mankind.


By Thomas E. Wicks Sr.

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