Hello, remember me? Some people call me Old Glory; others call me the Star Spangled Banner. But regardless of what they call me, I'm your flag. The flag of the United States of America. Something has been bothering me lately. I thought I would talk it over with you because it's about you and me.

Not too long ago, people were lining up on both sides of the street to watch the parade go by, naturally I was leading the parade. Proudly waving in the breeze, and when your daddy saw me coming he would immediately remove his hat, stand up proudly placing his right hand over his heart and you would stand very straight next to him.

But lately something has me worried. I don't feel as proud as I used to.

Today it seems like some of us don't seem to know or care who I am or what I stand for. I'm still the same old flag with a few new stars added since those parades long ago. Is it a sin to be patriot anymore? Have you forgotten who I am, what I stand for and where I've been — Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East? Someday take a good look at the memorial honor roll of all the names of all those who didn't come back. They gave their lives for this great nation to be free under God. When you salute me, you salute each and every one of them.

Well it won't be long now, and I'll be coming down that street again leading the parade proudly waving in the breeze. So when you see me coming, stand up straight and salute, and I will salute you by waving back. Then I will know that you haven't forgotten me or those who gave so much. (Source: Unknown Green Beret)

Submitted by:

Jerry Prior


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