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Remember Me?

I've been called Star-Spangled Banner by some. Others refer to me as Old Glory. Whatever they call me, I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America.

Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you, because it has to do with you and me.

I remember the day when people lined up on both sides of the street to watch a parade - like always, I was leading the parade, proudly waving in the breeze. When I passed by your daddy, he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so the hand was directly over his heart. Do you remember?

Over the years I've walked down a lot of city streets and I don't see this any longer.

What Happened? I'm still the same old flag. I've earned a few more stars since you were a child. I've seen a lot more battles since those parades of long ago.

But now I don't feel as proud as I used to. When I come down the street you just stand there with your hand in your pockets and I may get a small glance when I pass by and then you look the other way. Then I see your children running around and shouting --- they don't seem to know who I am. I passed by this one man and he actually took his hot off. When he didn't see anybody else with theirs off, he quickly put it back on.

Is it a sin to be patriotic anymore? Have you forgotten what I stand for and where I've been? The men that have fought for the stars that I carry on my back. Take a look at the Memorial Honor Rolls, read the names of those who never came back, those who fought to keep this republic free... One Nation Under God... when you salute me, you are actually saluting them.

The day will come when I will be coming down your street again. So when you seen me, stand straight, place your right hand over your heart, be proud, and I will salute you by waving back. I'll know that...

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