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THE PRICE OF OUR FLAG
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A FLAG? $10.00
YOU SAY. NOT IN MY TIME AND DAY.
THEY PAID WITH THE FLAG WITH THEIR
LIFE AND THEIR BLOOD. BY FIGHTING IN
THE RAIN AND THE MUD. THE RED IS THE
BLOOD THAT THEY SHED. THE WHITE IS
PURITY AND INNOCENCE, BECAUSE THEY
BELIEVED WHAT THEY WERE DOING WAS
JUST AND RIGHT. THE BLUE IS FOR
PERSEVERANCE AND JUSTICE.
SOME POEPLE TREAT THE FLAG IN A
SHAMEFUL WAY, THEY BURN IT AND
DEGRADE IT EVERY DAY.
THEN THEY SAY, I CAN DO WHAT I WANT,
AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO OR
SAY. WE ARE NOW GOING TO LET THEM
KNOW. THE PRICE OUR YOUNG MEN AND
WOMEN HAD TO PAY. WE WILL NOT TELL
THEM JUST ONCE. WE WILL TELL THEM
EVERYDAY. MAYBE THEN THEY WILL TREAT
THE FLAG IN THE PROPER WAY. BUT IF THEY
DON'T, THEY WILL LEARN THAT THERE WILL
BE HELL TO PAY.
Hello! Remember Me?
Some call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me,
I am your Flag - the Flag of the United States of America. There has been something that has
been bothering me, so I thought that I might talk it over with you here today
I remember some time ago, (I think it was Memorial Day, or was it Veterans' Day?) that
people were lined up on both sides of the street for a parade. A high school band was behind
me and, naturally, I was leading the parade. When your Daddy saw me coming along waving
in the breeze, he immediately removed his hat and placed it so that his right hand was directly
over his heart.
And you - I remember you.
Standing there as straight as a soldier, you didn't have any hat, but you were giving me the
right salute. Remember, they taught you in school to place your right hand over your heart,
and little sister, not to be outdone, was saluting the same as you. There were some soldiers
home on leave and they were standing at attention giving the military salute. Oh, I was very
proud as I came down your street that day.
Now, I may sound as if I am a little conceited, Well I am!
I have a right to be, because I represent you, the people of the United States of America.
But what happened? I am still the same old flag. Oh, I have a couple more stars added since
you were a boy. A lot more stars added since the beginning of this country, and and lot more
blood shed since that patroitic day so long ago .
Now I don't feel as proud as I used to. When I come down your street, some people just stand
there with their hands in their pockets and give me a small glance and then look away. I see
children running around and shouting. They don't seem to know who I am.
Is it a sin to be patriotic anymore? Have some people forgotten what I stand for? Have they
forgotten all the battlefields where men have fought and died to keep this nation free? When
you salute me you are actually saluting them!
Take a look at the memorial rolls some time. Look at the names of those who never came
back. Some of them were friends and relatives of yours. That's whom you are saluting, not
Well, it won't be long until I'll be coming down your street again. So, when you see me, stand
straight, place your hand over your heart and you'll see me waving back-- that's my salute to
you. And then I will know you remember who I am.. .