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Old Glory (Poem as told by the US Flag)

I was emailed part of this poem a long time ago and when I read GuitarPlayer's Blog about the U. S. Flag, I remembered it. I could not find the original email so I went searching on the internet and found an updated version of the poem. You can read the poem as written below or you can go to the link provided and read the poem while listening to The Star Spangled Banner, My Country Tis of Thee, God Bless America (to name a few of the songs) with pictures. Rocky Chaplin has provided a beautiful tribute to the U. S. Flag, United States and all the people who have given their lives for her with a special tribute to the victims of 9/11. As I have shared this with you, may you share it with your friends.

OLD GLORY
Original Poem By Howard Schnauber

http://www.chaplin-nest.com/unkarock/flag.htm
Created by:
Rocky Chaplin
Jacksonville, Florida

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 institutions of learning.
I stand guard with 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 worshiped I am saluted.
I am loved I am revered.
I am respected and I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every war
for more than 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg,
Shiloh and Appomattox.

I was there at San Juan Hill,
the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome
and the beaches of Normandy, Guam.
Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me,
I was there.

I led my troops,
I was dirty, battle-tested and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me
And I was proud.

America has been attacked by cowardly fanatics
And many lives have been lost
But those who would destroy me cannot win
For I am the symbol of freedom,
Of one nation
Under God
Indivisible
With liberty and justice for all.

I have been burned, torn and trampled
on the streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.

I have been soiled upon, burned, torn
and trampled on the streets of my country.
And when it's by those whom I've served in battle it hurts.
But I shall overcome for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space
from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.

When I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving parent
at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.

MY NAME IS OLD GLORY
LONG MAY I WAVE


Original Poem By Howard Schnauber
http://www.chaplin-nest.com/unkarock/flag.htm
Created by:
Rocky Chaplin
Jacksonville, Florida
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  • LaVerne B. Wentworth 2011/09/10 22:52:42
    LaVerne B. Wentworth
    +2
    I DEARLY "LOVE OLD GLORY". "MAY SHE WAVE FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF ETERNITY".***LaVerne B. Wentworth
  • Michalle Boyce 2011/04/28 08:06:36
    Michalle Boyce
    +1
    This is the real author of this poem. I love it dearly & wanted you to know who really wrote it & why, because I am an active duty Sailor & have been active on several different Ceremonial Guard teams at my commands, this brings me joy, peace & yes tears.

    SMSgt. Don S. Miller, USAF (Ret.)
    Copyright © 1983
    Relisted January 9, 2009
    Author's Note... "My Name is Old Glory" was my way of remembering my brother,
    Gunnery Sergeant John F. Miller, US Marine Corps.

    Editor's Note... USA Patriotism! has confirmed through the US Copyright office and other
    documents that Don Miller is the author of "My Name is Old Glory" regardless of who
    might be listed as the author elsewhere.
  • Michalle Boyce 2011/04/28 08:06:24
    Michalle Boyce
    +3
    This is the real author of this poem. I love it dearly & wanted you to know who really wrote it & why, because I am an active duty Sailor & have been active on several different Ceremonial Guard teams at my commands, this brings me joy, peace & yes tears.

    SMSgt. Don S. Miller, USAF (Ret.)
    Copyright © 1983
    Relisted January 9, 2009
    Author's Note... "My Name is Old Glory" was my way of remembering my brother,
    Gunnery Sergeant John F. Miller, US Marine Corps.

    Editor's Note... USA Patriotism! has confirmed through the US Copyright office and other
    documents that Don Miller is the author of "My Name is Old Glory" regardless of who
    might be listed as the author elsewhere.
  • Michalle Boyce 2011/04/28 08:06:11
    Michalle Boyce
    +2
    This is the real author of this poem. I love it dearly & wanted you to know who really wrote it & why, because I am an active duty Sailor & have been active on several different Ceremonial Guard teams at my commands, this brings me joy, peace & yes tears.

    SMSgt. Don S. Miller, USAF (Ret.)
    Copyright © 1983
    Relisted January 9, 2009
    Author's Note... "My Name is Old Glory" was my way of remembering my brother,
    Gunnery Sergeant John F. Miller, US Marine Corps.

    Editor's Note... USA Patriotism! has confirmed through the US Copyright office and other
    documents that Don Miller is the author of "My Name is Old Glory" regardless of who
    might be listed as the author elsewhere.
  • Mike Burdick 2009/11/15 22:57:09
    Mike Burdick
    +1
    I am a US Navy vet and I am proud to have served my country
  • Wanda52... Mike Bu... 2009/11/16 17:17:09
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    Thank you for your service. My brother was active duty Navy for 18 years before he had to take medical retirement.
  • dick 2009/03/27 15:17:32
    dick
    +1
    Thanks for passing this poem on to us I hope it will inspire others as it has me.
  • cherokeefox 2009/03/27 04:07:29
    cherokeefox
    +2
    thanks you for this I love it
  • Silky pal of Jesus 2009/03/27 04:00:53 (edited)
    Silky pal of Jesus
    +2
    from then til
    now

    may she always fly high and proud

    thank you Wanda, the poem got me with Anzio. That is where I almost lost my Daddy.
  • Dale 2009/03/27 03:55:00
    Dale
    +3


    And I cherish it every day
  • Wanda52... Dale 2009/03/27 04:00:16
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    +2
    I do too.
  • chastity_1111 2009/02/14 13:31:11
  • Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat ) 2009/02/14 02:28:42 (edited)
    Gยเtคг Plคאєг ( JFK Democrat )
    +3
    That was great and glad i could help you remember
    glad remember glad remember

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