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 The Flag of the United States of America

I am your Flag
I was born on June 14th, 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 swamps of Viet Nam.

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 fifty states as one,
For God and Country.

“Old Glory”
Is my nickname,
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.

I shall remain the bulwark of peace and freedom for all mankind.
I am your Flag.

By Colonel Daniel K. Cedusky,
USAR, Retired

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