Old Glory

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by KWSMITH, Jul 6, 2006.


    KWSMITH New Member

    I can remember when I was a small boy growing up in a small California farming and ranching town and it seemed like everywhere I went the AMERICAN flag flew from almost every buisness and home, as the years passed I noticed fewer and fewer flags flown.
    Then came September 11th a day I know I will never forget not just for what happened to us as a country but what it did in the fact that it seemed to pull us together as a country and I noticed that the AMERICAN flag was flying high and proud again from almost everywhere. I can remember feeling so very proud to be in this country. And now I look around and again I see fewer and fewer flags being flown, I was wondering what happened????
  2. tatersalad

    tatersalad New Member

    Clover, SC
    I think it is the collectively short memory that average Americans have.

  3. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I agree everyone should fly the flag proudly. I have to disagree with the people that want to fly flags other than the American flag in our public schools. Its great to be proud of your heritage no matter what that might be but you live here in the USA. Half of my ancestry was here before the other half (Comanche and German) but I am a PROUD AMERICAN.
  4. wylie catter

    wylie catter Member

    South Carolina
    I agree with tatersalad. People just forget too fast.
  5. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz Active Member

    I think that the majority of Americans tend to be such creatures of habit and live life taking so much for granted that the shock of a terrible tragedy like 9/11 jolts us for a time but then habit takes back over. Doesn't take long for most to go back to being self absorbed in our own greed (not just monetary), creature comforts, and same old way of doing things.
    To me the flag, the proudness of being an American, the thankfulness for those that protect our country and lives day in and day out, are all things that should be respected, supported, thanked, and portrayed in a positive way every day, not just those days or months following a horrible tragedy.
    As for our American Flag, well this is the way I feel we should all feel about her; after all look how many AMERICANS died in honor of all that she represents:

    Ragged Old Flag
    by Johnny Cash

    I walked through a county courthouse square
    On a park bench, an old man was sittin' there.
    I said, "Your old court house is kinda run down,
    He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town".
    I said, "Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
    And that’s a ragged old flag you got hangin' on it".
    He said, "Have a seat", and I sat down,
    "Is this the first time you've been to our little town"
    I said, "I think it is"
    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 that flag there,
    When Washington took it across the Delaware.
    and It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
    writing "Say Can You See"
    It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
    tugging at its seams.
    and It almost fell at the Alamo
    beside the Texas flag,
    But she waved on though.
    She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
    And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
    There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
    And the south wind blew hard on
    That Ragged Old Flag

    "On Flanders Field in World War I,
    She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
    She turned blood red in World War II
    She hung limp, and low, a time or two,
    She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent
    by her Uncle Sam.
    She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
    and now they've about quit wavin' back here at home
    in her own good land here She’s been abused,
    She's been burned, dishonored, denied an' refused,
    And the government for which she stands
    Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
    And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearin' thin,
    But she’s in good shape, for the shape she’s in.
    Cause she’s been through the fire before
    and i believe she can take a whole lot more.

    "So we raise her up every morning
    And we bring her down slow every night,
    We don’t let her touch the ground,
    And we fold her up right.
    On second thought
    I *do* like to brag
    Cause I’m mighty proud of
    That Ragged Old Flag"

    I am very proud to fly the American Flag and see all her glory whether she be brand new or tattered and torn, ravaged by time. She will always be that grand old flag to me!
  6. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

    GC, OHIO
    Great post Tater and Barb. I agree 100% with you guys. Some Americans are passionate about our country but only when it is necessary sometimes it seems like. I bleed red, white, and blue. God Bless the USA.