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The Flag


Seeing Old Glory Flutter in the wind
Imaging all the places it had been
Gazing on those stars of pure white
That led men into wars to fight

Red and Blue stripes in battle flowing
Always forward never slowing
Carried proudly in desert and jungle
The flames of freedom it will kindle

It has been spit on and burned
By those whose freedoms it has earned
Places in the world hate our flag
But it is us who have the right to brag

Shame on them who do not understand
What this flag means to so many of the land
That this great symbol has survived
Allowing this land to thrive

It is the foundation of freedom for all
At home and overseas it should never fall
The glowing pride of the Stars and Stripes
Helped to bestow on us our rights

Freedoms that so many take for granted
All that should be held sacred
Won by brave men who a oath they swore
Who gave their lives in freedoms wars

To keep our flag flying so high
The next time it passes you by
Remove your hat touch your heart
Remember those who have done their part

Thank them for your freedom
Bow your head pray in solemn
That this country never falls
And that our Flag always flies tall

                        Edwin J. Smith        
                       The Old Cowboy Poet
                        April 22, 2008

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