I Am the Flag - Ruth Apperson Rous
I am the flag of the United States of America.
I was born on June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia.
There the Continental Congress adopted my stars and stripes as the national flag.
My thirteen stripes alternating red and white, with a union of thirteen white stars in a field of blue,
represented a new constellation, a new nation dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind.
Today fifty stars signal from my union, one for each of the fifty sovereign states in the greatest
constitutional republic the world has ever known.
My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.
My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of American men and boys and the self-sacrifice
and devotion of American mothers and daughters.
My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all.
My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith.
I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity.
I embody American freedom: freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press, and the sanctity of the
I typify that indomitable spirit of determination brought to my land by Christopher Columbus and by all
my forefathers - the Pilgrims, Puritans, settlers at James town and Plymouth.
I am as old as my nation.
I am a living symbol of my nation's law: the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.
I voice Abraham Lincoln's philosophy: "A government of the people, by the people,for the people."
I stand guard over my nation's schools, the seedbed of good citizenship and true patriotism.
I am displayed in every schoolroom throughout my nation; every schoolyard has a flag pole for my display.
Daily thousands upon thousands of boys and girls pledge their allegiance to me and my country.
I have my own law - Public Law 829, "The Flag Code" - which definitely states my correct use and
display for all occasions and situations.
I have my special day, Flag Day. June 14 is set aside to honor my birth.
Americans, I am the sacred emblem of your country. I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty
purchased with blood and sorrow.
I am your title deed of freedom, which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity.
If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate, if I am nullified and destroyed, you and your children will
become slaves to dictators and despots.
Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom.
As you see me silhouetted against the peaceful skies of my country, remind yourself that I am the flag of
your country, that I stand for what you are - no more, no less.
Guard me well, lest your freedom perish from the earth.
Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand: "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty
and justice for all."
I was created in freedom. I made my first appearance in a battle for human liberty.
God grant that I may spend eternity in my "land of the free and the home of the brave" and that I shall
ever be known as "Old Glory," the flag of the United States of America.
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Flag Folding Ceremony... Please Visit
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks
who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens
trusting in God, it is to him we turn in times of peace as well as in times
of war for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen
Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be
right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we
pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the
republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the
armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her
enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the
shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother,
for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their
faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of the men and women
who have made this country great have been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and
daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower
portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their
eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem
of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and the
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are upper most reminding us of our
national motto, "In God we Trust."
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in , it takes on the
appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served
under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under
Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the
Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and
freedoms we enjoy today.
The Pledge of Allegiance As Told By Red Skelton
I: Me, an individual, a committee of one.
PLEDGE: Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.
ALLEGIANCE: My love and my devotion.
TO THE FLAG: Our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she
waves, there's respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts
freedom is everybody's job.
UNITED: That means that we have all come together.
STATES: Individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty-eight
individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose; all divided with
imaginary boundaries yet united to a common purpose, and that's love for country.
AND TO THE REPUBLIC: A state in which sovereign power is invested in
representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people, and
it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION: One nation, meaning "so blessed by
INDIVISIBLE: Incapable of being divided.
WITH LIBERTY: Which is freedom, the right of power to live one's own life
without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
AND JUSTICE: The principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.
FOR ALL: For all, which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is
And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic
for which it stands: one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words
have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: "under God." Wouldn't it be a pity if
someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools too?
Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean.
The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB.
Check out the dimensions of the flag. The 2002 Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains
the proper Flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first
Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter;
each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants, with 4-5
flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers. You can drive by this flag on V Street south of
Ocean Ave. in Lompoc, CA.
Aerial photo courtesy of Bill Morson Soldiers' Prayer