I have 3 colors, red, white and blue.
They are more than just 3 colors;
Their formation is a symbol for each of you
I am recognized from sea to shining sea,
No matter what the method you use to display me
Your respect is not what I demand,
For that would defeat all for which I stand
During my life I have done my very best
I am the symbol of our nation
But the time has come to lay me down to rest.
I stand for all the blood that our soldiers have shed
For the lifeblood of our nation, I use this stripe of red.
I also stand for what is moral and what is right,
To symbolize our values, I use this stripe of white
Sometimes I am placed on the coffin of the dead,
Because they made the ultimate sacrifice
I use this stripe of red.
I can give you strength and an enormous might,
For the power within me I use this stripe of white.
Into battle, men and women I have led,
In honor of these Patriots I use this stripe of red.
I usually take my place at dawn’s early light
I am hoisted higher than the others
so I use this strip of white
I dare to go places where others have never tread
For the spirit of the pioneer I use this stripe of red
To so many I am a comforting sight,
For the feeling of tranquility I use this stripe of white.
At twilights last gleaming I am often heralded
I can mark the end of the day so I use this stripe of red
No one owns me; there is no copyright,
I represent all of the citizens so I use this stripe of white
My country is a place to which many have fled
Because I don't discriminate I use this stripe, of red
Often you honor me with words that you recite
For your Pledge of Allegiance I use this stripe of white
If you follow me you won't be misled
I am recognized as a leader so I use this stripe of red.
A Civil War once divided my country in two.
Now we are one nation under God,
I keep my states united on this field of blue
There is no need for sadness on your face.
I have many brothers and sisters who are sure to take my place
After listening to my story I hope that you have learned,
I am more than just 3 colors
and it is your respect that I have earned.
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CommentOur Troop preforms many Flag retirement ceremonies. Each year at Webelos Crossover we retire 12 to 15 flags. I wrote this poem we use in the cermony.
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