Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy 238th Birthday U.S. Army!

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Flag Day 2013

June 14, 1777
The Continental Congress adopted
the Stars and Strips, Old Glory, as our national flag.

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 at me 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 was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomatox
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, battle worn 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 own country
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


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