I Am The Flag



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I am the flag of the United States of America.

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I was born on June 14, 1777 in Philadelphia.

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It was there that the Continental Congress
adopted my stars and stripes as the national flag.

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My thirteen stripes, alternating red and white,
with a union of thirteen white stars in a field of blue,
represented a new constellation ... a new nation
dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind.

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Today, fifty stars signal from my union,
one for each of the fifty sovereign states
in the greatest constitutional republic
the world has ever known.

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My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals
and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.

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My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage
and integrity of American men and boys
and the self-sacrifice and devotion
of American mothers and daughters.

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My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all.

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My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith.

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I represent these eternal principles ...
liberty, justice, and humanity.

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I embody American freedom ...
freedom of speech, religion, assembly,
the press, and the sanctity of the home.

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I typify that indomitable spirit of determination
brought to my land by Christopher Columbus
and by all my forefathers ...
the Pilgrims, Puritans, settlers at James town and Plymouth.

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I am as old as my nation.

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I am a living symbol of my nation's law...
the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

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I voice Abraham Lincoln's philosophy ...
"A government of the people,
by the people, for the people."

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I stand guard over my nation's schools,
the seedbed of good citizenship and true patriotism.

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I am displayed in every schoolroom throughout my nation.
Every school yard has a flag pole for my display.

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Daily, thousands upon thousands of boys and girls
pledge their allegiance to me and my country.

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I have my own law ... Public Law 829, "The Flag Code" ...
which definitely states my correct use
and display for all occasions and situations.

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I have my special day, Flag Day.
June 14 is set aside to honor my birth.

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Americans, I am the sacred emblem of your country.
I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty
purchased with blood and sorrow.

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I am your title deed of freedom,
which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity.

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If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate,
if I am nullified and destroyed,
you and your children will become slaves
to dictators and despots.

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Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom.

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As you see me silhouetted against
the peaceful skies of my country,
remind yourself that I am the flag of your country,
that I stand for what you are ... no more, no less.

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Guard me well,
lest your freedom perish from the earth.

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Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand ...
"One nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

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I was created in freedom.
I made my first appearance in a battle for human liberty.

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God grant that I may spend eternity
in my "land of the free and the home of the brave"
and that I shall ever be known as "Old Glory,"
the flag of the United States of America.

~ Ruth Apperson Rous ~




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