WHERE THE STARS AND
STRIPES AND EAGLES FLY by AARON TIPPIN
THE FLAG by JOHN WAYNE
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
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 then 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 Vietnam.
I was there. I led my troops.
I was dirty, battle-weary and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me
And I was proud.
I have been burned, torn
on the streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon,
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
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
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
LONG MAY I WAVE.
DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN,
LONG MAY I WAVE.
THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
by JOHN WAYNE
Original Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands- one
nation indivisible- with liberty and justice for all.
On September 8,1892, the Boston based "The Youth's
Companion" magazine published a few words for students to repeat on
Columbus Day that year. Written by Francis Bellamy,the circulation manager
and native of Rome, New York, and reprinted on thousands of leaflets, was
sent out to public schools across the country. On October 12, 1892, the
quadricentennial of Columbus' arrival, more than 12 million children
recited the Pledge of Allegiance, thus beginning a required school-day
At the first National Flag Conference in Washington D.C., on June14,
1923, a change was made. For clarity, the words "the Flag of the
United States" replaced "my flag". In the following years
various other changes were suggested but were never formally adopted.
It was not until 1942 that Congress officially recognized the Pledge of
Allegiance. One year later, in June 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that
school children could not be forced to recite it. In fact,today only half
of our fifty states have laws that encourage the recitation of the Pledge
of Allegiance in the classroom!
In June of 1954 an amendment was made to add the words "under
God". Then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower said "In this way we
are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage
and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual
weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in
peace and war."
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
"I pledge allegiance
to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for
which it stands- one nation under God, indivisible- with liberty and
justice for all."
THE PLEDGE by RED SKELTON
of the American Flag
you ever wondered why the flag of the United States of America is folded 13
times when it is
lowered or when it is
folded and handed to the widow at the burial of a veteran? Here is
the meaning of each of those folds and what it means to you.
The 'first fold' of our flag is a symbol of life.
The 'second fold' is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The 'third fold' is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing
our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to
attain peace throughout the world.
The 'fourth fold' represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens
trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of
war for His divine guidance.
The 'fifth fold' is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen
Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries may she always be
right; but it is still our
country, right or wrong."
The 'sixth fold' is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we
pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and to the
Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty
and Justice for all.
The 'seventh fold' is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the
Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies,
whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The 'eighth fold' is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the
shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for
whom it flies on Mother's Day.
The 'ninth fold' is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their
faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and
women who have made this country great has been molded.
The 'tenth fold' is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons
and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The 'eleventh fold,' in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower
portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their
eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The 'twelfth fold,' in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem
of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of
our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance
of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served
under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under
Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and
shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the
rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
The flag, when flown
at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and
then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised
to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
Days the American
flag should be flown at half-staff:
May 15th -- Peace Officers Memorial Day
Last Monday in
May -- Memorial Day (half-staff until noon only, then
raise to the top of the staff)
July 27th -- Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
September 11th -- Patriot Day
-- Pearl Harbor Day
By order of the
President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of
principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of the State, territory or possession, as a
mark of respect to their memory.
In the event of the
death of other officials of foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be
displayed at half-staff according to presidential instructions of
orders, or in accordance with recognized customs practices not
inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former
official of the government of any State, territory or possession of the
United States, the Governor of that State, territory or possession may
proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff.
Flags flown on poles
affixed to a home or building are not to be flown at half staff but a
memorial streamer can be affixed to the top of the flagpole to signify
The Flag may be displayed
at night, but must be lighted.
Always allow the Flag to
Hoist the Flag briskly
when raising it.
Lower the Flag slowly,
gathering and folding it before it touches the ground.
Stand at attention facing
the Flag when it is raised or lowered, passes by in a color guard and during the
Salute the Flag as it
passes when wearing a uniform, others may simply place their right hand over
Fold the Flag properly with
a military fold when
not in use.
USES OF THE FLAG
Never use the
Flag for advertising purposes of any manner.
Never mark on or
attach anything to the Flag.
Never use the
Flag as bedding, draper or wearing apparel.
Never affix the
Flag to items that will be discarded.
Flag, except to properly discard one that can no longer be used.
THE FLAG SHOULD BE
DISPLAYED ON ALL DAYS BUT ESPECIALLY ON:
New Year’s Day, January 1
Day, January 20
Birthday, February 12
Birthday, third Monday in February
second Sunday in May
Day, third Saturday in May
(half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
Flag Day, June
Day, July 4
Labor Day, first
Monday in September
Day, September 17
second Monday in October
Day, fourth Thursday in November
And such other
days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.
The birthdays of
States (date of admission) and on State holidays.
What do the colors of the Flag mean?
Sentimental writers and orators sometimes ascribe meanings to the
colors in the flag. The practice is erroneous, as are statements on this
subject attributed to George Washington and other founders of the country.
From the book "Our Flag" published in 1989 by the House of
"On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution
authorizing a committee to devise a seal for the United States of America.
This mission, designed to reflect the Founding Fathers' beliefs, values,
and sovereignty of the new Nation, did not become a reality until June 20,
1782. In heraldic devices, such as seals, each element has a specific
meaning. Even colors have specific meanings. The colors red, white, and
blue did not have meanings for The
Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777.
However, the colors in the Great Seal did have specific meanings. Charles
Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on
the Seal, stated:
colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of
the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red,
hardiness & valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band
above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance &
Also this from a book about the flag published in 1977 by the House of
star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has
aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light
emanating from the sun."
The quote below concerning gold
fringe on the Flag is from the book "So Proudly
We Hail, The History of the United States Flag" Smithsonian Institute
Press 1981, by William R. Furlong and Byron McCandless. "The placing
of a fringe on Our Flag is optional with the person of organization, and
no Act of Congress or Executive Order either prohibits the practice,
according to the Institute of Hearaldry. Fringe is used on indoor flags
only, as fringe on flags on outdoor flags would deteriorate rapidly. The
fringe on a Flag is considered and 'honorable enrichment only', and its
official use by the US Army dates from 1895.. A 1925 Attorney General's
Opinion states: 'the fringe does not appear to be regarded as an integral
part of the Flag, and its presence cannot be said to constitute an
unauthorized addition to the design prescribed by statute. An external
fringe is to be distinguished from letters, words, or emblematic designs
printed or superimposed upon the body of the flag itself. Under law, such
additions might be open to objection as unauthorized; but the same is not
necessarily true of the fringe.'"
The gold trim is generally used on ceremonial indoor flags that are
used for special services and is believed to have been first used in a
military setting. It has no specific significance that I have ever run
across, and its (gold trim) use is in compliance with applicable flag
codes and laws.