Rosemead Kiwanis Club
"Serving the Community Since 1945"
The Fax of Life
A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley
April 22, 2013 Volume 19, Number 25
Ragged Old Flag
I walked through
a county courthouse square,
On a park bench an old man was sitting there.
I said, "Your
old courthouse is kinda run down."
He said, "Naw,
it'll do for our little town."
I said, "Your
old flagpole has leaned a little bit,
And that's a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging 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'.
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin' 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, Beauregard, and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag.
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 and 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 waving her back here at home.
In her own good land here she's been abused --
She's been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused.
government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land.
And she's getting threadbare, and she's wearing 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,
we take her down every night.
We don't let her touch the ground
and we fold her up right.
thought, I do like to brag,
'Cause I'm mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag."
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