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Monday, June 14, 2010

Flag Day 2010

"You're a grand old flag, you're a high flying flag and forever in peace may you wave!"

How many national flags get their own holiday? None, that I know of.

Nor is there any other flag that has nicknames: Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes, the Star Star Spangled Banner, or so many songs written about her, in addition to the National Anthem, i.e., my favorite, You’re A Grand Old Flag.

You’re A Grand Old Flag is in my marching band’s music folder. At some point, we switched it for something that wasn’t working. The No. 2 spot and the No. 4 spot (where Grand Old Flag is) never seem to hold their marches for very long.

The spectators love any song. As long as we play – that’s all they care about. But “You’re A Grand Old Flag” is what gets the flags waving and the kids marching in step with us.

I’ve been parading these many years now and I still never get tired of the sight of our American flag at the front of the band and the sea of little American flags waiting to greet it. If I weren’t home sick today with a bad sore throat that’s likely to turn into laryngitis, I’d be marching up and down the halls at work singing her praises.

She’s a dramatic, bold-colored, beautiful flag that streams well in the wind. She looked pretty good going up on Iwo Jima, too, they say. We couldn’t ask for a better standard for our country and the freedom she stands for and protects.

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