I am the flag of the
United States of America
I am the flag of
the United States of America.
My name is Old
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 worshipped—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 knows me.
I was there!
I led my troops,
I was dirty, battleworn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me and I was proud!
I have been
burned, torn, and trampled
on the streets of
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 American's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn
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!!!
DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN,
LONG MAY I WAVE.
Original poem by
a veteran of the war
in the Pacific in WWII.
Music playing is "Stars and Stripes Forever"
by John Phillip Sousa