Old Glory – A Flag of Liberty!

Clan Meeting July 2005

We write and read leadership articles about organizations, most times without specifically mentioning those who are in Government Leadership of our great Country. I think we have to remember and read about those great leaders and leadership who were responsible for the progress and longevity of the United States of America.

After watching President Obama’s Inauguration today, hearing the patriotic songs and Beyance’s singing of the National Anthem, as well as remembering a recent Linked In post on goods and others of past President’s inaugural address, I felt compelled with a patriotic need to post a poem I wrote about our Old Glory, which includes some historical leadership significance and symbolism. I hope you enjoy it.

Old Glory – A Flag of Liberty!
by
David A. McCuistion
President, Clan Uisdean, USA
U. S. Navy (Retired)

Just a ragged piece of cloth some say,
With no real significance in any way.
Just a rag that in the wind doth sway,
Just an ordinary flag they say.

Then help me understand why,
After so many years and battles does she still fly?
After so many deaths she reigns so high,
And around the world she refuses to die.

Please tell me why if you will,
Her National Anthem gives such a thrill,
When remembering her raising on Iwo Jima’s Hill,
That very sight gives such a chill.

Tell me why citizens cherish her so
And stand ever ready to take up arms and go
Defend that Divine Principle of which we know
Helps the Tree of Liberty continually Grow.

What reason can be found
For rushing to defend her world ’round?
What keeps her from decaying on the ground?
I ask you, can’t you hear the sound?

That sound of Freedom that so loud doth ring!
The sound of God Bless America as we sing!
That sound of courage of Eagle’s wing!
That sound of liberty to which we cling!

This Flag, flown proudly in every American town,
Says civil and religious liberty can be found.
This Flag raised daily to fly above the ground,
Exalted, revered, protected by citizens all around.

Just a ragged piece of cloth some say,
With no real significance in any way.
A Flag of Liberty like no other, I say!
Yesterday, today, always!

Just like Leadership we need to remember, it is not about me, it is not about you, it is about the American way of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, as well as the organizations we lead and the articles that we write and about which we speak.

Thank you for your comments.

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2 responses

  1. Thank you. Many more need to hear or read this poem. Too many are forgetting its past and what it has cost to fly it. We have enemies growing against it both from other countries and within our own shores. Long live this beautiful symbol. God Bless America.

    1. Thanks Mike. I recite this regularly with my Flag Salutes. I also recite “Toast To The Flag”, which is really great. I you have never seen or heard it, just do a Google search Toast To The Flag.

      Thanks for your comment.

      David

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