I Am the Flag of the
United States of America
I am the flag of the
United States of America.
My name is
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up and see me.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,
My head is a little higher,
My colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped - I am saluted.
I am loved - I am revered.
I am respected - and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war
for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg,
Shiloh and Appamatox.
I was there at San Juan Hill,
the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest,
Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy.
Guam, Okinawa, Korea and
KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me.
I was there.
I led my troops, I was dirty, battleworn and tired,
But my soldiers cheered me and I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled on the
streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and
trampled in the streets of my country.
And when it's done by those
Whom I've served in battle - it hurts.
But I shall overcome - for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stood watch over the uncharted
frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent
at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.
Thanks to Marsali:
With all of this talk of impending war, many of us will encounter "Peace
Activists" who will try to convince us that we must refrain from
retaliating against the ones who terrorized us all on September 11, 2001.
These activists may be alone or in a gathering. Most of us do not know how
to react to them. When you come upon one of these people, or one of their
rallies, here are the proper rules of etiquette:
1. Listen politely while this person explains their views. Strike up a
conversation if necessary and look very interested in their ideas. They
will tell you how revenge is immoral, and that by attacking the people who
did this to us; we will only bring on more violence. They will probably
use many arguments, ranging from political to religious to humanitarian.
2. In the middle of their remarks, without any warning, punch them in the
3. When the person gets up off the ground, they will be very angry and
they may try to hit you so be careful.
4. Quickly and calmly remind the person that violence only brings about
more violence and remind them of their stand on this matter. Tell them if
they are committed to a nonviolent approach to undeserved attacks, they
will turn the other cheek and negotiate a solution. Tell them they must
lead by example if they really believe what they are saying.
5. Most of them will think for a moment and then agree that you are
6. As soon as they do that, hit them again. Only this time hit them much
harder, square on the nose.
7. Repeat steps 3-6 until the desired results are obtained and the idiot
realizes how stupid an argument he/she is making.
There is no difference in an individual attacking an unsuspecting victim
and a group of terrorists attacking a nation of people. It is unacceptable
and must be dealt with, perhaps at a high cost. We owe our military a huge
debt for what they are about to do for our children and us.
We must support them and our leaders at times like these.
We have no choice. We either strike back, VERY HARD, or we will keep being
hit in the nose.
This is a story about a Viet
Nam vet and movie star Ann Margaret which was written by the veteran's
wife -- unique and well worth reading.
Richard, my husband, never really talked a lot about his time in Viet
Nam other than he had been shot by a sniper. However, he had a rather
grainy, 8x10 black-&-white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann
Margaret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.
A few years ago, Ann Margaret was doing a book-signing at a local
bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to sign the treasured
photo, so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o'clock for the 7:30 signing.
When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the
bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a parking
Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would
sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted. Richard was
disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much
those shows meant to lonely GI's so far from home.
Ann Margaret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as 2nd in line,
it was soon Richard's turn. He presented the book for her signature and
then took out the photo. When he did, there were many shouts from the
employees that she would not sign it. Richard said, "I understand. I just
wanted her to see it."
She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she
said, "This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will
sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always
have time for "my gentlemen." With that, she pulled Richard across the
table and planted a big kiss on him. She then made quite a to-do about the
bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired
them, and how much she appreciated them.. There weren't too many dry eyes
among those close enough to hear. She then posed for pictures and acted
as if he was the only one there.
Later, at dinner, Richard was very quiet.
When I asked if he'd like to talk about it, my big strong husband broke
down in tears.
"That's the first time anyone ever thanked
me for my time in the Army," he said.
That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter
and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet.
I'll never forget Ann Margaret for her graciousness and how much that
one small act of kindness meant to my husband. I now make it a point to
say Thank You to every person I come across who served in our Armed
Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have
served their country.
If you'd like to pass on this story, feel free to do so. Perhaps it
will help others to become aware of how important it is to acknowledge
the contribution our service people make.
I HOPE THIS GETS AROUND TO JANE FONDA !!
at a fairly large conference recently, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for
were just an example of empire building by George Bush.
He answered by
"Over the years, the
has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight
for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked
for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."
very quiet in the room.
Navy Capt. Dan Ouimette, Executive Officer of NAS, Pensacola.
A copy of the speech he gave this month.
AMERICA WOKE UP!
That's what we think we heard on the 11th of September 2001 and maybe it
was, but I think it should have been "Get Out of Bed!"
I think the alarm clock has been buzzing since 1979 and we have continued
to hit the snooze button and roll over for a few more minutes of peaceful
sleep since then.
It was a
cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a religious and
political upheaval when a group of Iranian students attacked and seized
the American Embassy in Tehran.
seizure was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that
held the world's most powerful country hostage and paralyzed a
Presidency. The attack on this sovereign US embassy set the stage for the
events to follow for the next 23 years.
was still reeling from the aftermath of the Viet Nam experience and had a
serious threat from the Soviet Union when then President Carter had to do
to conduct a clandestine raid in the desert.
ill-fated mission ended in ruin, but stood as a symbol of America's
inability to deal with terrorism. America's military had been decimated
and downsized / right sized since the end of the Viet Nam war.
trained, poorly equipped and poorly organized military was called on to
execute a complex mission doomed from the start.
after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnaped and killed
throughout the Middle East. America could do little to protect her
citizens living and working abroad.
attacks against US soil continued.
of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven into the US
Embassy compound in Beirut.
explodes, it kills 63 people.
went off again and America hit the Snooze Button once more.
six short months later a large truck heavily laden down with over 2500
pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US Marine Corps
headquarters in Beirut.
servicemen are killed.
mourns her dead and hit the Snooze Button once more.
months later in December 1983, another truck loaded with explosives is
driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait, and America continues her slumber.
The following year, in September 1984, another van was driven into the
gates of the US Embassy in Beirut and America slept.
terrorism spreads to Europe. In April 1985 a bomb explodes in a
restaurant frequented by US soldiers in Madrid. Then in August a
Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into the main gate of the US
Air Force Base at Rhein-Main, 22 are killed and the Snooze Alarm is
buzzing louder and louder as US soil is continually attacked.
Fifty-nine days later a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, is hijacked and we
watched as an American in a wheelchair is singled out of the passenger
list and executed. The terrorists then shift their tactics to
bombing civilian airliners when they bomb TWA Flight 840 in April of 1986
that killed 4 and the most tragic bombing, Pan Am Flight 103 over
Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 259. America wants to treat
these terrorist acts as crimes; in fact we are still trying to bring these
people to trial.
acts of war -- the Wake Up alarm is louder.
terrorists decide to bring the fight to America.
January 1993, two CIA agents are shot and killed as they enter CIA
headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
following month, February 1993, a group of terrorists are arrested after a
rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground parking
garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people are
killed and over 1000 are injured.
this is a crime, not an act of war?
Snooze alarm is depressed again.
November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia killing seven service men and women. A few months later in
June of 1996, another truck bomb explodes only 35 yards from the US
military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It destroys the Khobar
Towers, a US Air Force barracks, killing 19 and injuring over 500.
terrorists are getting braver and smarter as they see that America does
not respond decisively.
to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack on two US embassies
in Kenya and Tanzania. These attacks were planned with precision, they
responds with cruise missile attacks and goes back to sleep.
Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12
October 2000, when a small craft pulled along side the ship and exploded
killing 17 US Navy Sailors.
a US War Ship is an act of war, but we sent the FBI to inspect the crime
and went back to sleep.
course, you know the events of 11 September 2001.
Americans think this was the first attack against US soil or in America.
has been under a constant attack since 1979 and we chose to hit the
snooze alarm and roll over and go back to sleep.
news lately we have seen lots of finger pointing from every high official
in government over what they knew and what they didn't know.
you've read the papers and paid a little attention, I think you can see
exactly what they knew.
have to be in the FBI or CIA or on the National Security Council to see
the pattern that has been developing since 1979.
George W. Bush is right on when he says we are engaged in a war.
we have been in a war for the past 23 years and it will continue until we
as a people decide enough is enough.
has to "Get out of Bed" and act decisively now.
has changed forever.
to be ready to pay the price and make the sacrifice to ensure our way of
afford to hit the Snooze Button again and roll over and go back to sleep.
to make the terrorists know that in the words of Admiral Yamamoto after
the Pearl Harbor attack, "all they have done is to awaken a sleeping