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3 years ago I had to give up my beloved American Flag as it became so tattered. The American Legion was collecting the flags for a proper burning ceremony.
The flag I relinquished I had for many years starting when my son was serving in the mid-east 2 years ago as a Marine. Some unknown juveniles stole it one night but was recovered by my local police department. When I moved my beloved flag moved with me and was flown proudly at my new home till it was retired.
I do have another flag and I will have to build up new memories with it.
FOURTH OF JULY
Uncle Bob brought the beer as we all knew he would
Mom brought her salads and oh, they were good,
Grandma made plenty of cake, rolls and pie
and Gramps brought the kites we flew to the sky,
We all took turns at the ice cream crank
and the cook fire was tended by Dad’s cousin Hank,
Scouts ran Old Glory up the tall swaying pole
then we went for a dip in the cold swimming hole.
By the end of the day the park was so full
Families, friends and good times were the rule,
Up on the bandstand great songs filled the air
with tunes known and loved by everyone there.
When the day’s blazing sun gave way to the moon
lovers had found secret places to spoon,
The day was closed up by the fireworks bright glare
as their thunder and sparkle lit up the night air,
While we enjoyed the fabulous show
we remembered the patriots of so long ago,
Whose yearning for liberty endowed this great land,
against treachery and tyranny they made their stand,
Then carved from the wilderness for the whole world to see
nation of people who yearned to be free,
A nation for people who knew wrong from right
and ever were willing to fight the good fight.
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What says “America” to you? Perhaps its the old-fashioned stone hearth in the great room of your modern log home, or the annual Thanksgiving meal prepared in your traditional timber frame kitchen. Let us know by uploading a 2 minute video (tag it “American”) or writing an essay. The winning entry will receive a special all-American prize package!
Contest ends 07/15/2011