Friday, November 09, 2007

Old Glory

I came across this US flag, POW/MIA flag and poem at a veteran's park in Titusville, Florida. I thought it was quite awesome and sat and looked at them a while.

Old Glory

I am the Star Spangled Banner...
Conceived in 1777 out of the love
America bore for liberty and honor.

I am the memorial of countless heroes who
shed their blood to preserve this
sacred heritage.

I have inspired generations of gallant men
who fought against tyranny.

A am the spirit of valley forge...
of sacrifice... of courage.

I have guarded every rampart where freedom
defended it's glorious cause...

Tripoli... Belleau wood... Argonne Forest...
Omaha Beach... Anzio... Bastogne...
Guadalcanal... Coral Sea...
Leyte Gulf... Iwo Jima... Korea...
Viet Nam

I fly wherever Americans gave their lives to
preserve the sanctity of life.

My home is in the hearts of all who felt a
thrill of pride when they salute me
and what I symbolize.

God - Country - Freedom - Valor

Below this poem, where there is a sword, are a few lines from Theodore O'Hara's poem, "Bivouac of the Dead" and says:
On Fame's eternal camping ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.

We are blessed to have such men and women who have served, risked, and lost their lives to keep us and others free.

And although they paid for our freedoms with their lives, every time I see a scumbag burn our flag I think the morons burning the flag are desecrating the memory of the men and women who died to make us free.

Each person who burns the American flag is a person who doesn't deserve to live here.


photowannabe said...

A beautiful tribute to men and women that have given of themselves that I can enjoy the fruits of what they have done.

Qtpies7 said...

Great post. We are a big time military family over here. Next August I ship off my first born to serve his country, and I couldn't be more proud of him.

So, have you seen my vid?? Have you perchance gone to youtube and rated it with 5 lovely stars??? Perchance, could you do so for me please?? I could win the wonderful Hamilton Beach mixer that has a stupid name I can't even say correctly, lol.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Wow. I've never heard that "Old Glory" poem. Thank you for sharing it -- and your photos. =)