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REMEMBER!

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 04/14/2003

Category: Misc.

Source: CCN

REMEMBER!

Remember me?  Some people call me Old Glory, others the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your flag; the flag of the United States Of America.  Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you.  I remember some time ago people lining up on both sides of the street to watch the parade and naturally I was there, proudly waving in the breeze.  When your daddy saw me coming, he immediately removed his hat and placed it over his heart.  Remember?  You, I recall, stood there as straight as a soldier.  You didn't have a hat but you were giving me the right salute.  Remember your little sister?  Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same way; her hand over her heart.  Remember?  What has happened?  I am still the same ol' flag.  Oh, I've added a few starssince you were little, and a lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago.  Somehow I don't feel as proud any more.  When I come down the street now, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets.  I may get a small glance, but then you look away.  I see children running about and shouting but they don't seem to know who I am.  I saw one man take his hat off but when he looked around and didn't see anyone else showing respect, he quickly placed it back on his head.  Is it now a sin to be patriotic?  Have people forgotten what I stand for and where I've been?  ...Normandy, Omaha Beach, Pearl Harbor, Guadacanal, Korea, Veitnam, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait... Take a look at the war memorials and the names listed there.  Those are the names of those who never returned to their families; they died to keep this Republic free.  "One nation under God."  When you salute me, You are saluting them.  Don't forget!  It won't be long before you see me coming down your street again.  So, when you see me, stand tall, place your hand over your heart, breath a prayer of thanks and another one for those who protect your country. Then I'll know you haven't forgotten.  Be proud of me and I'll be proud of you.

Old Glory

Author unknown.



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