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    Default HELLO, REMEMBER ME?

    Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangle Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your Flag, the Flag of the United States of America.

    Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you.
    Because it is about you and me.

    I remember some time ago people lined up on both sides of the street to watch the parade and naturally I was leading every parade, proudly
    waving in the breeze, when your daddy saw me coming, he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that the hand was directly over his heart, remember?

    And you, I remember you. Standing there straight as a soldier. You didn't have a hat, but you were giving the right salute.

    Remember little sister? Not to be outdone, she was a saluting the same as you with her hand over her heart, remember?

    What happened?

    I'm still the same old flag. Oh, I have a few more Stars since you were a boy. A lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago. But now I don't feel as proud as I use to.

    When I come down your street you just stand there with your hands in your pockets and I may get a small glance and then you look away. Then I see children running around and shouting, they don't seem to know who I am.

    I saw one man take his hat off and look around, he didn't see anybody else with their off so he quickly put his hat back on.

    Is it a sin to be patriotic anymore?

    Have you forgotten what I stand for and where I've been?
    World War I, World War II, Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea, Vietnam, Afganistan, Iraq.

    Take a look at the Memorial Honor Rolls sometimes, of those who never came back to keep this Republic free. One Nation Under God. When you salute me, you are saluting them! (our Soldiers and our fallen Heroes)

    Well, it won't be long until I'll be coming down your street again. So, when you see me, stand straight, place you right hand over your heart and I'll salute you, by waving back, and I'll know that,

    YOU REMEMBERED!
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    Thanks Voivod!


    A "Veteran" -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or

    reserve -- is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank

    check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount

    of "up to, and including his life."


    That is honor, and there are way too many people in this

    country today, who no longer understand that fact.
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    I think people would have more respect for the flag if they didn't see it fifty times a day on bumper stickers, car antennas, billboards, t-shirts, newspaper ads, etc. People who use the American flag to sell used cars are the ones guilty of desecrating the flag, not the arabs who burn it in protest. At least they recognize its importance.
    During the filming of "Easy Rider", Peter Fonda took a lot of criticism for his Captain America biker jacket and motorcycle, but nowadays you see outfits like that all the time. How is a kid supposed to know when to salute anymore?







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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    I think people would have more respect for the flag if they didn't see it fifty times a day on bumper stickers, car antennas, billboards, t-shirts, newspaper ads, etc. People who use the American flag to sell used cars are the ones guilty of desecrating the flag, not the arabs who burn it in protest. At least they recognize its importance.
    During the filming of "Easy Rider", Peter Fonda took a lot of criticism for his Captain America biker jacket and motorcycle, but nowadays you see outfits like that all the time. How is a kid supposed to know when to salute anymore?
    Respect for the flag is learned in the home. Anyone with a Veteran in their family learns at a very early age the proper respect for the flag and what it represents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    I think people would have more respect for the flag if they didn't see it fifty times a day on bumper stickers, car antennas, billboards, t-shirts, newspaper ads, etc. People who use the American flag to sell used cars are the ones guilty of desecrating the flag, not the arabs who burn it in protest. At least they recognize its importance.
    During the filming of "Easy Rider", Peter Fonda took a lot of criticism for his Captain America biker jacket and motorcycle, but nowadays you see outfits like that all the time. How is a kid supposed to know when to salute anymore?
    I agree, and I absolutely refuse to put anything resembling a flag on my vehicle. Not out of disrespect for the flag, but more out of respect.

    Half of these assholes around here, driving around with the American flag on there cars are probably on their way to get some drugs anyway.

    Also it's hard to stand up and put your hand over your heart or whatever you want to do when you pants are hanging down past your ass.
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    Very nice, voivod.

    Here are the lyrics to an old Johnny Cash song called "Ragged Old Flag". Check out the tune if you get a chance: http://www.countrywhispers.com/raggedoldflag/

    I walked through a county courthouse square

    On a park bench, an old man was sittin there.

    I said, "Your court house is kinda run down,

    He said, "No, it will do for our little town".

    I said "your old flag pole kinda leaned a little bit,

    And thats a ragged old flag you got hanging on it".

    He said "have a seat", so I sat down,

    He said, "is this your first time you been to our little town"

    I said, "I think it is"

    He said "I dont like to brag, but were kinda proud of

    "That Ragged Old Flag"



    "You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,

    When Washington took it across the Delaware.

    It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it, writing

    "Oh Say Can You See"

    It got a bad rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson tugging at its seams.

    It almost fell at the Alamo beside the Texas flag,

    But she waved on tho.

    It got cut with a sword in Chancellorsville,

    Got cut again at Shiloh Hill.

    There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,

    And the south wind blew hard on

    "That Ragged Old Flag"



    On Flanders Field in World War I,

    She took a big hole from a Bertha Gun,

    She turned blood red in World War II

    She hung limp and low a time or two.

    She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.



    She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,

    And now they've about quit waving her back here at home.

    And here in her own good land,

    Shes been abused, burned, dishonored, denied and refused,

    And the very government for which she stands

    Has been scandalized throughout out the land.

    And shes getting thread bare, and shes wearing thin,

    But shes in pretty good shape, for the shape shes in.

    Cause shes been through the fire before

    and I know, she can take a whole lot more.



    So we raise her up every morning

    And we bring her down every night,

    We dont let her touch the ground,

    And we fold her up right.

    On second thought
    I do like to brag

    Cause Im mighty proud of

    "That Ragged Old Flag"
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    Then there's this one that gets me every time. Whenever it comes on XM America (channel 10) I stop what I'm doing and close my eyes so I can imagine I'm in these places. I love it!

    Charlie Daniels Band "My Beautiful America"


    Have you ever spent the late afternoon
    watching the purple shadows deepen in Arizona desert?
    Or seen a herd of Elk plow their way
    through waist deep snow on a cold Colorado dome?
    Did you ever see the sun go down in Hawaii,
    Or seen the stormy waves break over the rock bound coast of Maine?
    Or have you ever see an eagle fly up out of the mists of Alaska?
    Or a big October moon hanging full over the still Dakota badlands?

    Have you ever tasted the gumbo in New Orleans, Bar-B-Que in Carolina
    Or the chicken wings in Buffalo?
    Have you ever had Brunswick stew in Macon, or cornbread in Burmingham?
    Or brisket slow cooked over hill country mesquite wood?

    Did you ever drink the water from a gurgling branch in Utah,
    Or, stand on the mountain above El Paso Del Norte
    And see the lights twinkling clear over into Mexico?
    Did you ever jangle horses in the pre dawn stillness of a perfect Texas day
    And watch their shodded hooves kicking up sparks on the volcanic rock?

    Or tended a trout line on a foggy Carolina morning,
    Or heard the distant song of a lovesick whippoorwill
    On a pristine Tenneesee late night?
    Have you seen the faces on Mount Rushmore or stood at the Vietnam monument?

    Have you ever crossed the mighty Mississippi,
    Or been to the daddy of them all in Cheyenne, Wyoming?
    Or seen the mighty Vols run out on the football field on a chilly autumn afternoon?

    Did you ever see the Chicago skyline from Lake Shore Drive at night?
    Or the New England follage in the fall,
    Or the summer beauty of the Shenandoah valley,
    Or Indiana covered with new snow?

    Did you ever seen a herd of wild horses running free
    Across the empty spaces in Nevada?
    Or, caught a walleyed pike out of a cold Wisconsin stream?
    Or ,marveled at the tall ship docked in the harbor at Baltimore?

    Did you ever see the early morning dew sparkling on the blue grass,
    Or, the wind stir the wheat fields on a hot Kansas afternoon?
    Or, driven the lonely stretches of old Route 66?
    Have you ever heard the church bells peal their call to worship
    On an early Sunday, in some small town in the deep south?

    Or pass through the redwood forest just as the sun was going down?
    Have you ever been to Boise or Batchlee or Beufort or Billings?
    Have you ever passed through Sanford or Suffolk or San Angelo?
    Have you ever seen the falls at Nigara?
    The ice palace in Saint Paul?
    Or the Gateway to the west?

    This then is America!
    The land God blesses with everything
    And no Effel Tower: no Taj Mahal;
    No Alps; No Andes;
    No native hut; nor Royal Palace -
    Can rival her awesome beauty,
    Her diverse poplulation, her monolithic majesty.
    America the Free !
    America the mighty!
    America the beautiful !
    I pledge alligence 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!
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    IMHO, not wearing the flag on anything and everything you own is NOT disrespecting it. This obsession with symbolism is getting quite out of hand. It's almost a mad desire to prove that this guy is a "better" patriot than that guy. I'm no more or less an American than the guy who's truck is plastered in red, white, and blue.

    We are all created equal......and we remain so, regardless of the flag.
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    I'm currently in the Navy and during retirement ceremonies this poem is recited when the retiree is given his/her flag.

    My Name is Old Glory
    by Howard Schnauber

    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 great institutes of learning.
    I stand guard with the greatest military 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 respected
    I am revered - I am loved, and I am feared.

    I have fought every battle of every war for more than 200 years:
    Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomatox, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
    the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, the beaches of Normandy,
    the deserts of Africa, the cane fields of the Philippines,
    the rice paddies and jungles of Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam,
    Guadalcanal New Britain, Peleliu, and many more islands.

    And a score of places long forgotten by all but those who were with me.
    I was there.
    I led my soldiers - I followed them.
    I watched over them.
    They loved me.
    I was on a small hill in Iwo Jima.
    I was dirty, battle-worn and tired, but my soldiers cheered me,
    and I was proud.

    I have been soiled, 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, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country,
    and when it is by those with whom I have served in battle - it hurts.
    But I shall overcome - for I am strong.

    I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stand watch over the
    uncharted new frontiers of space
    from my vantage point on the moon.
    I have been a silent witness to all of America's finest hours.

    But my finest hour comes when I am torn into strips to
    be used for bandages for my wounded comrades on the field of battle,
    When I fly at half mast to honor my soldiers,
    And when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving
    mother at the graveside of her fallen son.

    I am proud.

    My name is Old Glory.

    Dear God - Long may I wave

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    IMHO, not wearing the flag on anything and everything you own is NOT disrespecting it. This obsession with symbolism is getting quite out of hand. It's almost a mad desire to prove that this guy is a "better" patriot than that guy. I'm no more or less an American than the guy who's truck is plastered in red, white, and blue.

    We are all created equal......and we remain so, regardless of the flag.
    This is true, especially since you're not supposed to wear the flag at all. That's why Mr. Fonda got so much flack, just as people should today. I can see them being on an antenna for a funeral, but the rest is stupid. I remember after 9/11 people had them on the little white sticks sticking up out of their car windows. Shows how patriotic we are. It takes a death of 3,000+ people before we even think of the flag. It's called a flag for a reason. It's so funny (sarcasm) as to how people will sell something, capitalizing on people's deaths, just to make a quick buck, and that's what those car window flags were all about. I don't see them anymore. Wonder why. Like George Carlin said recently, you can't be proud to be an American. It's impossible to be proud of something that happened basically as an accident at birth. You are proud to be healthy, have a good job, etc. I work in a factory and last summer they handed out headbands to wet down and wear over your head. Well, they were the flag and I refused to take one because, as I said, you're not supposed to wear it. It's disrespect and people don't care about respect anymore.
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    The flags I see are always complaining about being left out in the rain, and they are ashamed about being "Made in China" so some exec can pocket some exta coin.

    I've got no problem with any flag, but let's not forget that it's a piece of nylon that REPRESENTS those who fought for our country, AS WELL as those who collect welfare because they are too lazy work. The flag represents Pat Tillman, as much as the fat guy who is stuffing his fat face at "all u can eat" buffet. They are both American.

    I was born in America, so I'm an American. If I was born in Norway, I'd be Norwegien. I'm glad I live here, but I never understood the reasoning behind humanizing a flag.

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    bad video/audio sync... but still good to listen to...

    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack. -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    Thanks for making this post voivid.
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