October 20, 2020

Do You Remember Me? (An open letter from the Flag to the American people)

Dear Mr. and Mrs. America,

Hello. Remember me? Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America.

Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you — because it is about you and me.

I remember some time ago, people would line up on both side of the street to watch the parade, and naturally I was leading every one, proudly waving in the breeze.

When your Daddy saw me coming, he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that his hand was directly over his heart — remember?

And you, I remember, were standing there, straight as a soldier. You didn’t have a hat, but you were giving the right salute. Remember your little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you with her right hand over her heart — remember?

What happened? I’m still the same old flag. Oh, I’ve added a few more stars since you were a boy, and a lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago.

But now, somehow I don’t feel as proud as I used to feel. When I come down the street, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets. You may give me a small glance, and then you look away. I see children running around you shouting; they don’t seem to know who I am.

I saw one man take his hat off, then he looked around, and when he didn’t see anybody else take off his hat, he quickly put his on again.

Is it a sin to be patriotic today? Have you forgotten what I stand for, and where I have been? Cuba, Belleau Wood, Anzio, Okinawa, Guadalcanal, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan!

Take a look at the memorial honor rolls, and see the names of those patriotic Americans who gave their lives to keep this republic free. When you salute me, you are actually saluting them!

So when you see me, please stand straight and place your hand over your heart, and I’ll know that you remembered. I’ll salute you by waving back!

(The author of this is unknown but it is believed to have originally been written in the 1960s or 1970s. Later war locations have been added as the years passed. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th. The James Stewart  Chapter NSDAR hopes that you will take time to remember “Old Glory” and all she stands for. If you have a flag that needs to be retired, please give it to one of our members or drop it off at the Old Jail Museum on any Tuesday or Thursday.)


  1. Robert Montgomery says

    It may be time to retire my ragged ole flag! But don’t touch mine just yet! I can still take a few more fights, and I will always fight for peace!

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