Flag Retirement Ceremonies - I am your flag


I am the symbol of living America, the badge of its greatness, the emblem
of its destiny. I am faith. It is I who keep men mindful of their priceless heritage, life,
liberty, and the right to pursue happiness. I am hope. I represent the land of promise wherein, already, man's loftiest dreams have approached closer to realization than ever before on this earth. I am life. Each strand and fiber of my being is a memorial, dedicated to the
sacrifices of all those strong men and steadfast women who have lived and died in the nation's service, that it might live forever. I am tolerance. So long as I shall wave, all people under my protection may freely worship, think, write and speak, undaunted by the shadow of fear.
I am justice, tempered with mercy.   For I am a friend to the oppressed and downtrodden of every land. I am a sign of the future. I wave over schools throughout the nation and in
them, the nation's future is molded. I am the flag of the United States... The last... The best hope for peace on earth.



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