I am the flag of the United States of America


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 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 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 American'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!










Original poem by Howard Schnauber,

a veteran of the war in the Pacific in WWII.




Music playing is "Stars and Stripes Forever"

by John Phillip Sousa


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