The Flag

The flag stands for peace, honor, truth, justice and freedom. In the armed forces of the United States during the ceremony of retreat, the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle-fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation’s honored dead. The next morning it is brought out at the ceremony of reveille. The flag has been torn into strips and used as bandages for wounded combatants on the battlefield. It has been placed in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave of their fallen son or daughter. It has flown at half-mast to honor our military members.

The flag has fought in every battle of every war for more than two hundred years. It was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg and Shiloh. It was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, and the beaches of Normandy. It was waved at Okinawa, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and it is being waved right now in Afghanistan and Iraq. The flag has been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries that America has helped set free.

But, it remains invincible.

Read at the Retreat Ceremony at USAF Basic Training (February 17, 2005), Lackland AFB

Click here to hear The Flag read by Jacob Paulman, a 7th Grade student (2007-08) at Lake Shore Middle School, Mequon, WI.

Photo: SPC Daniel Rosploch, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-2/11th ACR speaking at the annual Flag Day Celebration on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at Stony Hill School. Stony Hill School in Fredonia, Wisconsin is the "Birthplace of National Flag Day". For more information, contact the Ozaukee County Historical Society . Photo ©2009 by Dick Diener.

Date revised: October 20, 2012