Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Happy 4th of July !!

I got the following in an email today and thought it was so nice.  I decided to share it with you, my journal buddies.  Have a safe & sane 4th of July.    Linda


  The Flag of the United States of America

I Am the Flag of the

United States of America

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 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 saluted.
I am loved - I am  revered.
I am respected - and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years. I was flown at
Valley ForgeGettysburg, 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.
Guam, Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me.
I'm presently in the mountains of Afghanistan and the hot and dusty deserts of Iraq and wherever freedom is needed.
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 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. 
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.


P.S. Happy 15th birthday to my dear grand daughter, Meghanne.  Have a wonderful day, people all over this country are lighting their BBQ's, eating watermelon, and shooting off fireworks in honor of your special  day. (LOL)              Love from your grandma



sugarsweet056 said...

Great entry!
Happy 4th!
And HB to Meghanne. {{ }}

ally123130585918 said...

Happy Independence Day Linda and Happy Birthday to Meghanne ~ and thankyou for sharing "I Am the Flag of the United States of America" it is really beautiful ~ Ally x

treesrgreen78 said...

Happy 4th of July Linda from your Canadian friend.  Also a very happy birthday to Meghanne, may you have a wonderful day both of you.

jeadie05 said...

Linda thats lovely have a lovely 4 th ,and Happy Birthday Meghanne...love Jan xx

rbrown6172 said...

beautiful poem.  happy 4th to you!

jeanno43 said...

Great poem.  Happy 4th July.

labdancer51 said...

That was beautiful Linda, Happy 4th of July. :o)

Love Sandra xxxx

fasttrack58 said...

Happy Fourth of July!
Linda :)