NEVER FORGET


 

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.
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 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 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. 
MY NAME IS OLD GLORY 
LONG MAY I WAVE. 

DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN: 
LONG MAY I WAVE 
THAT I MAY FLY PROUDLY FOR 
ANOTHER TWO HUNDRED YEARS.

Author Unknown

52 Responses to “NEVER FORGET”

  1. What a sweet gesture from Amanda of Australia. I’ve looked at many September 11 posts, and this is the first to make me weep. Thank you for this touching post.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. It meant a lot to this American.

  3. This is a master piece,
    I was walking in the student union on the day of 911 in 2001,
    I see planes crashing into the twin towels,
    Thought that it was a movie on the tv screen…..

    it was a horror,
    your kindness and brilliance outshine yourself.

  4. love your poem.
    America loves you.
    smiles!

  5. Very lovely! Wonderfully thoughtful tribute.

  6. This is such a powerful picece buttercup!

  7. A wonderfully touching post.

  8. Let us also pray for divine wisdom as our leaders consider the necessary actions for national security, wisdom of the grace of God that as we act, we NOT BECOME THE EVIL WE DEPLORE.”
    Rev. Nathan Baxter, Dean of Washington National Cathedral

  9. A wonderful post on this day of rememberance Buttercup…thanks.

  10. This piece says it all! Thanks for posting it, Amanda. xxx

  11. Rich tribute. – bill

  12. A beautiful tribute from you to our country, Amanda…thank you for this :)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    I’m tagging you with the Happy Award!
    http://heartspell.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/call-waiting/
    Heartspell

  13. Hi again. I just wanted to leave a link to my reflection on 9/11, if you would like to check it out and are able. It is on my other blog:

    http://revbillcook.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/work-for-peace/

    =bill

  14. Thanks for posting this Amanda – the words are so powerful and such an amazing tribute to America. Thinking of you at this time of reflection.

    Chloe xx

  15. wonderfully written
    adorableeeee

  16. Powerful, and beautiful!

  17. beautiful piece for remembrance. Rest in Piece for all the lost souls. Thanks for the post 🙂

  18. beautiful piece for remembrance. Rest in Peace for all the lost souls. Thanks for the post 🙂

  19. just adorable. beautiful feelings for one’s nation.

  20. I have goose bumps all over, Amanda. Thank you so much for sharing this, and bringing poignantly to mind that fateful day. Dave watched the towers falling live on TV. We couldn’t believe it was actually happening.

  21. Wow… read the one on America I posted… not even meaning to, it went up on September 11th… cosmic…

    Nice to see your blog, as always

    Warmest Salad

    Luke

    (ps… come post some on the group if you want some proper constructive crit 😉

    • Thanks Luke, I will come and read…I so want to do just that but time is so much of a problem, these days I wake up at 4am already just to get everything done 🙂 Thanks for always thinking of me though:) Much love xx

  22. Interesting poem this Amanda
    Suja

  23. Beautiful and interesting piece…Highly rated here.

    Have a superb week, Cheers!

  24. You make the world so much smaller, so much more neighborly, so much more caring when you share the grief as well as the celebrations. Thanks Amanda. Lovely tribute and a good reminder for us yanks to read about what our flag stands for

  25. Tears.

    Thank you, Amanda, dear friend.

    My home town, you know. I worked on Water Street in Manhattan when my son was little. I watched those towers go up.

    I was in California by then, getting ready early to go teach a class. The news was on. I thought it was a movie. Then I understood. I called my son and said “Turn on the news, Son. We’re under attack … ” We were fortunate. We didn’t loose family, but we still lost. The whole world lost. We still reel from it.

    And, worse … in some places people don’t know anything but attack … that’s their whole life experience. It just makes one ache to the very marrow. All the children … and I believe we are complicit in these tragedies in so many ways. That’s another story …

    Oh, my. Very kind of you to do this. I couldn’t post on it today. Just couldn’t.

    Love –
    Jamie

  26. I sat watching all the 911 documentaries on DSTV this weekend and every single one of them made me cry. I still can not comprehend that people could even try and justify such barbarism.
    And then I realised that for a brief moment the world had a small inkling of what happens every day in the war torn countries accross the world where children are growing up with violence in their lives. A whole generation lost.
    Beautiful post!!!

  27. Very thoughtful of you to put this up, Mandy…
    I was in Bangalore (India) when this happened.. 😦 at my workplace, late night… suddenly there was buzzing around, and the news spread like wildfire.. What I saw on TV, I still cannot forget!! 😦
    And now being in NYC, watching the Ground Zero site, and the 2 lasers go up on 9/11 was a reminder – of the horror, of the lost, of the missed, of the COURAGE, of the solidarity!

    This was a beautiful tribute, sweetie! The first time I had set foot in NYC in 2005 as a tourist, I knew that I were to love any city other than my hometown (Mumbai), it is New York!! And now, here I am!! This 9/11 was very memorable for me.. in a sad sorta way..

    • I also will never ever forget what happenned that day, it is forever printed in my mind!! I am sure living there makes it so much more real! Thanks babes, happy you enjoyed it 🙂 Mwah xx

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