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SFC Shirley Whitfield
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I am the American Flag

I speak from the wisdom of a long life. I first felt the vigor of wind on my multi-colored face when I unfurled my thirteen stars over 230 years ago. I have known 45 presidents and have traveled across continents, oceans and deserts... and on the surface of the moon.

I was there when my nation was born. I was in the hand of my first President in the blood and snow of Valley Forge. I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice. I stand for freedom.

I have earned the right to speak. The right paid for my freedom of speech is a price few remember or can comprehend. Most forget, but I still see in my memory those bright, beautiful young men, who died for me at Pork Chop Hill, Normandy, Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, the Coral Sea, Okinawa, Corrigidor, the jungles of Vietnam and in Iraq and Afghanistan. . . . I have fought in every American battle of every war since 1776. . . . and when they died for me, I wrapped them in my love and draped my honor over their caskets.

Those who died for my right to speak in freedom are buried in the Flanders Field of France, the Punchbowl in Hawaii, in Arlington and Gettysburg and in many other places under the sun. I fly proudly over their graves at all of these places, praying than wars might end forever. I rise every morning to watch over the graves of our finest men whose years were short, but whose service was longer than we can ever measure.

Because of those brave American patriots I can fly atop the greatest buildings in the world. I can stand watch in America's halls of justice. I fly majestically over institutions of learning and stand guard as the greatest power in the world. Stand up and see me. I am the most recognized symbol in the universe.

Yes, I am the American flag. More than one million three hundred thousand lives have been sacrificed to give me the right to speak. I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries I have helped set free. I have been stained, spit upon and defiled by my detractors. Yet there is no place on the face of this earth that knows greater freedom than my country.

Freedom to each man, woman and child, to choose his life's work, to travel from state to state without passports, to attempt and succeed, to fail and not be cast in prison for failure.

Freedom to save and build a fortune you may give away at the end of your life to your family, friends or charity.

Freedom to speak, write, praise, question or criticize anyone, no matter how high his station or rank.

Freedom to worship or not to worship as the mind and heart dictate.

Freedom to borrow and build, to buy and sell, to make an honest profit in a free enterprise system.

Freedom to start your own business and become a capitalist, to create dignified job opportunities for people who want to know the pride of working for a living.

I am proud of the harvest of our land..... corn, wheat, cotton, apples, nuts cherries, oranges and peaches. I see the harvest of our 50 states, and I am proud, for we help feed the hungry of the world.

Be humble and be proud of our greatness. I am particularly humble and proud when I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded comrades on the battlefield. . . or when I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldiers, or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave of their fallen son or soldier. We stagger at the eternal debt we owe to the untold number of American Veteran's who chose to set aside their personal ambitions and dreams to assure the well being of our nation.

Yes, be proud and be humble . . . . enough to know where your glory and greatness come from. I am called "Old Glory." My glory is the freedom that I give to every man, woman and child living in America.

I am the world's beacon of hope and liberty. . . . and all I can say is give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

Yes, I am the American Flag. I am your flag. I am the flag of freedom.
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SFC Shirley Whitfield
SFC Shirley Whitfield
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I did not write it. Unfortunately, I don't recall where I found it. It's been in my notes for quite sometime. It seemed appropriate to share it at this time.
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Donna Brickey
Donna Brickey
6 mo
SFC Shirley Whitfield - Beautiful flag picture to go with it too.
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SGT Dick Johnson
SGT Dick Johnson
6 mo
Beautiful post. Thank you for posting.
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1SG Dan Capri
1SG Dan Capri
6 mo
Thank you Sister, awesome post!!
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Alan K.
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Good morning COL. This one hits me pretty hard. Every day is American Flag Day to me. The disrespect bestowed upon our Flag and our National Anthem is unacceptable....It is not just the Football Field either as we have all read in the papers and seen on the news, people from all walks of life think the American Flag is just a piece of cloth.....To me it is the cloth of a Nation, God Bless the U.S.A..........BTW, how much do I love our flag?...put your cursor over the logo and Picture at the top of the American Flag Page and you will have your answer.. Have a fine American Sunday...I haven't all year except for the playoff game in Foxboro, however I think I will watch the Patriots win back to backs this evening.Have a fine Sunday everyone
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PO3 Bob McCord
PO3 Bob McCord
6 mo
Most houses in our neighborhood fly a flag every day, and there are three that are pretty good sized, and are on lit up flag poles. No complaints even though we have a HOA. I also fly the POW/MIA flag under mine. Never forget.
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Alan K.
Alan K.
6 mo
COL Mikel Burroughs - Nice, remote control...? Gotta' check that out. I want to build a custom one and that may be an option.
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Alan K.
Alan K.
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CPT Dave Brest
CPT Dave Brest
6 mo
I have a 30' telescoping flagpole in my front yard. After many attempts to find solar lights that would illuminate it properly, I found one that looks like a small flying saucer, that fits on top and replaces the top ball. The top of the disc collects the sun, and there are about five LEDs that project downward, and light it up well ! Mine was the first flagpole of any kind in the development, and now they are starting to appear everywhere. Incidentally I fly a US Army flag beneath the American flag, and this summer, a fellow down the street erected a pole, and flies a USMC flag. We ride each other good-hardily, but we are the only proud brother vets in the community.
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SP5 Mark Kuzinski
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Good morning COL Mikel Burroughs - Have a great day.
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SGT Mark Halmrast
SGT Mark Halmrast
6 mo
Whoa! What a great shot SP5 Mark Kuzinski.
Thank you for sharing that.
Beautiful.
Inspiring.
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COL Mikel Burroughs
COL Mikel Burroughs
6 mo
Great picture with the Eagle and the flag SP5 Mark Kuzinski - Bella, Mom, and I are out the door early today - heading to the Denver Zoo for a day of great adventure. Have a good one Mark!
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