I have a bookmark from the DAV that I use daily. It wasn’t until recently that I looked at the flip side of it and remembered what was written there. I give it to you now.
I AM YOUR FLAG
I am the symbol of the living America,
The badge of its greatness,
The emblem of its destiny.
I am faith.
It is I who keep men mindful of their priceless heritage,
Life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness.
I am hope.
I represent the land of promise wherein, already,
Man’s loftiest dreams have approached closer to realization
Than ever before on this earth.
I am life.
Each strand and fiber of my being is a memorial,
Dedicated to te sacrifices of all those strong men and
Steadfast women who have lived and died in the nation’s
Service, that it might live forever.
I am tolerance.
So long as I shall wave, all people under my protection
May freely worship, think, write and speak,
Undaunted by the shadow of fear.
I am justice.
Tempered with mercy, for I am friend to the oppressed
and downtrodden of every land.
I am a sign of the future.
I wave over schools throughout the nation and, in them,
The nation’s future is molded.
I am the flag of the United States,
….The last….The best hope for Peace on Earth.
Don’t know when it was written but it doesn’t appear to be in contemporary times. Seems the vision is being blurred and needs to be sharpened once again. Remember and honor our vets, both living and dead, when you enjoy this holiday that was provided by their sacrifice.