I AM YOUR FLAG by Marine Master Sargeant Percy Webb
I am your flag.
I was born June 14, 1777.
I am more then 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 dense jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq.
I walk in silence with each of your honored dead to their final resting place beneath the silent white crosses
I have flown through peace and war; strife and prosperity; and amidst it all, I have been respected.
I am your flag.
My red stripes symbolize the blood spilled in defense of this glorious nation.
My white stripes signify the yearning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons and daughters.
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, and I proudly wave on high. Honor me, respect me, defend me with your lives, your hearts, 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; and I shall remain the foundation of peace and freedom for all mankind.
I AM YOUR FLAG!
Contributor Dan Boschert
> This is a wonderful poem, but it was not written by Percy Webb. It was
> created by Edwin J. Doody and he received a copywrite in November, 1968.
> Please show the scout spirit and correct this injustice. Thanks.
Date Entered 05-Mar-2001
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