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Thursday, June 23, 2022

THE FLAG

 
            IT’S BEEN SPAT ON, CURSED AND BURNED
            TRAMPLED ROUGHSHOD, RIPPED TO SHREDS
            DISHONORED, SHAMED, RIDICULED, DESPISED
            BUT TO IT I WILL PROUDLY LIFT MY HEAD

            TO SOME ITS JUST SOME COLORED CLOTH
            FASTENED ATOP A SLENDER, LONELY POLE
            FOR OTHERS IT MEANS SO MUCH MORE
            ITS THE ESSENCE OF OUR COUNTRY’S SOUL

            IT BEGAN WITH JUST THIRTEEN STARS
            WAVING DEFIANT FOR THE WORLD TO SEE
            PROCLAIMING A NEWBORN FREEDOM
            FOR A FLEDGLING NATION IN ITS INFANCY
    
            IT HAS PROUDLY WAVED IN WAR AND PEACE
            A SYMBOL THAT WE ARE FOREVER FREE
            IT HAS FLOWN IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD
            AND IT FOREVER STANDS FOR OUR LIBERTY

            WHEN IT’S UNFURLED AND THE ANTHEM PLAYS
            I’VE WATCHED GROWN MEN STAND AND CRY
            REMEMBERING THE ONES WHO WILLINGLY
            ENDURED THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND DIED

            HOW COMPLACENT WE ALL HAVE BECOME
            TAKING FOR GRANTED WHERE WE LIVE
            FORGETTING THE BLOOD SHED BY THOSE
            FOR WHOSE COUNTRY THEIR LIFE WOULD GIVE

            OLD GLORY, SHE STILL PROUDLY WAVES
            PLEASE GIVE HER THE RESPECT SHE’S DUE
            AND PRAY FOR AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
            WILLING TO DIE FOR ME AND FOR YOU

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