Honor America on Loyalty Day
To the editor:
I am your flag. I was born on June 14, 1777. I am more than just cloth shaped into a design. I am the refuge of the world’s oppressed people. I am the silent sentinel of freedom. I am the emblem of the greatest sovereign nation on earth, I am the inspiration for which American patriots gave their lives and fortunes.
I have led your sons and daughters from Valley Forge to the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan. I walk in silence with each of your honored dead, to their final resting place beneath the silent white crosses or tombstones. I have flown through peace and war, strife and prosperity, and amidst it all, I have been respected.
My red stripes – symbolize the blood spilled in the defense of this glorious nation.
My white stripes – signify the burning tears shed by Americans who lost family.
My blue field – is indicative of God’s heaven under which I fly.
My stars – clustered together, unify 50 states as one, for God and country.
Old Glory is my nickname, and proudly I wave on high.
Honor me, respect me, defend me with your lives and fortunes.
Never let my enemies tear me down from my lofty position, lest I never return.
Keep alight the fires of patriotism, strive earnestly for the spirit of democracy. Worship Eternal God and keep his Commandments, and I shall remain the bulwark of peace and freedom for all mankind.
I am your flag!
– Courtesy of Shirley Kitch, chairwoman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Dimmitt-Vorhies Post 2271
(Editor’s note: May 1 is Loyalty Day. Loyalty Day is a day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.)