> > 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 then 200 years. > > I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appamatox. > > 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 know 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 in the streets of > > my country. > > And when it's done 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 America'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. > > Please forward my message to all who still love and respect me > > that I may fly proudly for another two hundred years.