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Page 26 - Freedom Will Prevail


Old Glory......Long May I Wave......

"Old Glory"
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 great institutions of learning.
I stand guard with the greatest military 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 worshipped - I am saluted. I am respected. I am revered - I am loved and I am Feared!

I have fought in every battle of every war for more than 200 years: Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomattox, San Juan Hill, The Trenches of France, the Argonne Forrest, Anzio, Rome, the Beaches of Normandy, the Deserts of Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, sands of the Persian Gulf......and a score of other places, long forgotten by all, but those who were with Me.....I was there.

I led my soldiers - I followed them - I watched over them - They loved Me.

I was on a small hill in Iwo Jima, I was dirty, battle worn and tired.....But my Soldiers cheered Me! I was Proud.

I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my own country....When it is by those whom I have served in Battle Hurts! But I shall overcome....For I am strong! I have slipped the bonds of Earth and from my vantage point on the Moon, I stand watch over the uncharted New Frontiers of Space. I have been silent witness to all of America's Finest Hours. But my finest hour comes when I am torn into strips to be used as bandages for my wounded comrades on the field of Battle.....When I fly half mast to honor my soldiers.....when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving Mother at the grave-side of her fallen son or daughter......

I am Proud....My Name is "Old Glory"....Long May I Wave.....Dear God, Long May I Wave.