Thread: OUR National Anthem
07-18-2008, 08:22 PM #1
OUR National Anthem
I found this and thought I'd share it. Enjoy.
07-18-2008, 09:35 PM #2
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- Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
Interesting .... thanks for sharing.September 11th - Never Forget
I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.
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RAY WAS HERE FIRST
07-18-2008, 09:51 PM #3
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- Avonmore, PA
Very nice. There ain't words. God Bless America.
07-19-2008, 04:07 AM #4
What an awesome inspirational and emotional video that was. For that, I thank you.Pinewald Pioneer Vol. Fire Co. No. 1 Sta. 20
Berkeley Emergency Response Team (B.E.R.T./Haz-Mat/WMD/CBRNE) Station 85
Berkeley Township, New Jersey 08721
07-20-2008, 02:32 AM #5
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Thanks for sharing.
Hello. Remember me? Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star-Spangled Banner, but whatever you 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 is about you and me. I remember some time ago, people would line up on both sides of the street to watch the parade, and naturally I was leading every one, proudly waving in the breeze.
When your Daddy saw me coming, he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that his hand was directly over his heart, remember? And you, I remember, were standing there, straight as a soldier. You didn't have a hat, but you were giving the right salute. Remember your little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you with her right hand over her heart, remember?
What happened? I'm still the same old flag. Oh, I've added a few more stars since you were a boy, and a lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago. But now, somehow, I don't feel as proud as I used to feel. When I come down your street, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets. You may give me a small glance, and then you look away. I see children running around you shouting; they don't seem to know who I am. I saw one man take his hat off, then he looked around, and when he didn't see anyone else take off their hat, he quickly put his on again.
Is it a sin to be patriotic today? Have you forgotten what I stand for and where I have been? Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea and Vietnam. Take a look at the memorial honor rolls and see the names of those patriotic Americans who gave their lives to keep this republic free. When you salute me, you are actually saluting them.
Well, it won't be long until I'll be coming down your street again. So when you see me, please stand straight and place your hand over your heart, and I'll know that you remembered. I'll salute you by waving back.
--Author Unknown.That Ragged Old Flag
I walked through a County Court House square
On a park bench an old man was sitting there
I said, "Your old Court House is kinda run down"
He said, "No, it will do for our little town"
I said, "Your old flag Pole is leaning a little bit
And that's a ragged old Flag you've got hanging on it."
He said, 'Have a seat," and I sat down
"Is the first time that you've been to our little town?"
"Well," he said, "I don't like to brag
But we're kinda proud of that ragged old Flag
You see, we got a little hole in the Flag there
When Washington took it across the Delaware
And it got powder burns, the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it, writing "Oh Say Can You See"
And it got a bad rip at New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tugging at its seams
And, it almost fell at the Alamo beside the Texas Flag
But she waved on through.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shilo Hill
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard and Bragg
The South wind blew hard on that Old Ragged Flag.
On Flanders Field in World War One
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun
She turned blood red in World War Two
And she hung limp and low a time or two.
She was in Korea and Vietnam
She went from our ships upon the briny foam
Now they've about quit waving her back here at home.
In our good land she's been abused
She's been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused
And the Government for which she stands
Is scandalized through out the land.
She's getting threadbare and she's wearing thin
But, she's in good shape for the shape she's in
Because she's been through the fire before
I believe she can take a whole lot more.
So we raise her up every morning
And we take her down every night
We don't let her touch the ground
And we fold her up right.
On second thought, I do like to brag
Because I'm mighty proud of that ragged old flag.
--The Great Johnny CashFirefighter/EMT
My words stated here do not necessarily point towards organizations which I am affiliated with.
07-20-2008, 09:11 AM #6
Thank you!Fire Lieutenant/E.M.T.
IAFF Local 2339
K of C 4th Degree
"Fir na tine"
07-28-2008, 01:49 AM #7
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The numbers suprise me!
How is it that a post about Kentland can get 4,987 views and over 7 pages of replies but a post regarding our National Anthem receives 204 views and only 6 replies. Everyone scrolls through the forums and when they see Kentland the view the post, when they see Our National Anthem the just skip over it. I guess its not as important as it once was. Go figure.
07-28-2008, 03:16 AM #8
07-28-2008, 03:45 AM #9Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)
Aggressive does not have to equal stupid.
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07-28-2008, 06:09 PM #10
Wave proudly on, Old Glory!!!!!
07-30-2008, 02:20 PM #11
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- Memphis Tn,USA-now
Some of us are lucky enough to be born on the Fourth and actually believe that it's right to love their country,its symbols and what it stands for.
Keep at it.Just because others don't give a rat's backside doesn't mean that you shouldn't.They're the losers for not doing so.
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