I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old
I fly atop
the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's
halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions
I stand guard with power in the world.
up and see me.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,
My head is a little higher,
My colors a little truer.
to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped - I am saluted.
I am loved - I am revered.
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 Appomattox.
I was there
at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
in the Argonne
Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy.
Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me.
presently in the mountains of Afganistan and the hot and dusty deserts of Iraq and wherever freedom is needed.
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.
have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled in the streets of my country.
And when it's done 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.
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,
Please forward my message to all who still love and respect me that I may fly proudly for another two hundred years.