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Old Glory

Updated on July 28, 2017

By: Wayne Brown

A mighty symbol flies over this great American nation

It’s the symbol of freedom; the symbol of our salvation

It represents our structure and represents our history

It represents who we are here in the land of the free


13 horizontal stripes, alternately arranged in red and white

Represents 13 original colonies who started our freedom fight

The rectangular block in the upper left corner of deep blue

Represents our union and all that its has been through


The fifty white stars are aligned five and four in nine rows

One for each state, against the union blue they pose

Together they create a wind furled symbol of the free

Such a grand old flag; such a great country


Betsy Ross sewed the original in honor of the great revolution

It was there as the founders signed the American Constitution

From those days forward to these times of present day

The Flag has flown proudly showing freedom is the way


In the Civil War, the union was split on emancipation

At times it looked as if we would cease being a great nation

But when the strife was over and the healing had begun

Old Glory was waving proudly in the new day’s sun


The Flag has been to war in almost every corner of the world

To fight for peace and honor, its colors have unfurled

It stands as a symbol to our courageous fighting spirit

Oppression will not stand; our nation will not endure it


Over the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, our Flag proudly flies

It waved over Ground Zero after terror flew from the skies

Day upon day, it has seen America in good times and in strife

A constant reminder we are dedicated to freedom in this life


It has been ripped up, stomped on, spit on, and much worse

Some have even burned it as our country they did curse

But the Flag is perpetual; its enduring, resilent spirit sustains

For those who died to defend it and for those who here remain


Let your heart soar when the “Star Spangled Banner” we sing

Stand with hand over heart and hear the glorious voices sing

Know the Stars and Stripes fly over freedom-loving sod

Symbolizing our liberty; One Nation Under God!


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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt....Yes, I got all patriotic just writing this one. I was in one of those moods in which I just did not feel we paid enough tribute to our flag. Had to write it! WB

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      Chris Merritt 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      You make me want to play some baseball, have a hot dog and eat some apple pie!!..your poem is awesome.

      I also think that those three movies you showed in your video should be MUST see films for ALL High School Seniors across this Nation.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Harvey Stelman....I don't know, Harv. I have to give Betsy the benefit of the doubt. This guy's case was just not strong enough for me. Thanks for the read and the good comments! WB

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      Harvey Stelman 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      Wayne, You know I'm with you, as all Americans should be, but Betsy Rooss may not have sown the first American flag.

      Keep up the good work. H

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @ladyjane1...Thanks LJ, glad I could raise your patriotic level for a bit. WB

      @WLWC...Awesome comments! Thank you...glad you liked! WB

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      8 years ago from Arkansas

      Awesome hub from an awesome patriot for an awesome flag that stands for a awesome country! God Bless America and all our troops past and present. Thanks Wayne for this beautiful and historic tribute to our flag...


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      8 years ago from Texas

      Wayne nice poem and so patriotic. I am also proud to be an American! cheers

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @ralwus...did I hit a patriotic nerve there CC? LOL! WB

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      8 years ago

      Stars and Stripes Forever! yayyyyy *sound of rockets, Sousa Band and firecrackers* weeeeeeee clap, clap

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Micky Dee....Thanks Micky, I appreciate the good words! WB

      @jiberish...Hey Jib...this is after all a man who has vision into the future...he's thinking globally! Thanks for the kinds words! WB

      @rose56...Thank you...lots of inspiration with the 9/11 anniversary! WB

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      8 years ago

      Very nice WB. you out did your self.

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      8 years ago from florida

      Wayne, this is very touching. Obama must be especially happy to fly his flag, you know the one with 57 stars.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful hub!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @bayoulady....Glad you liked it and happy that I could create a patriotic moment for you! WB

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      8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      I am bookmarking this one. So glad to be in the "land of the free and the home of the brave"!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @lisapreston...Thank you for the good words. Glad you enjoyed it and enjoyed a patriotic moment as a result! WB

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      8 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      What a beautiful poem. I felt that proud lump in my throat when I read it. The same proud feeling I get when I stand with a group of Americans with hand over heart to say the pledge of allegiance.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @samiaali...thank you! I think it is a great subject to write about! WB

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      8 years ago

      Hi Wayne Brown, A lovely poem about our beautiful flag. Thank you!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Whidbeywriter...I just write down what comes to me. Sometimes my heart feels heavy because there are things we drive past and take for granted too often. My mind was on the Flag this weekend and thoughts about all those responders who were running into buildings that people were trying to leave...The Flag reminds me of those brave souls. God Bless Us All.

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      Mary Gaines 

      8 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Once again Wayne you said it so well - your description of Old Glory our flag was splendid, beautiful and so very true. God Bless you for sharing your words that so graciously bless us in these hubs. America needs more people like you!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @TimBryce...thanks much, Tim. I apreciate the good word! WB

      @Phyllis Doyle...Thank you for being a great American as well Phyllis. We need a lot more like you and I! LOL! WB

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      8 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you, Wayne! Awesome, beautiful, excellent, and much needed as a reminder to everyone. You are a Great American! God bless old Glory, God bless America, and God bless you.

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      8 years ago

      Wayne -

      Just plain "excellent".

      All the Best,


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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Tom Whitworth....Amen,Sir! WB

      @ahorseback...Thank you. It was heavy on my heart. Everyone is up in the air about burning the Koran. I wish I had a dollar for every time the Flag was burned by folks we shed our blood for or fought to give them the right to burn it. I didn't hear any outrage from the President when those Pakistani lawyers burned our flag but he can sure speak up when someone just threatens to burn the Koran....oh yeah, he's a Christian. Just keep believin' another gigantic lie. God Bless Us All! WB

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      8 years ago

      Hey Wayne, America needs a little history lesson once in a while ,and you are the teacher , good job. Gets my vote....

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      With Liberty and Justice for ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...Thank you, we are so glad that you are our neighbours too! We suffer and we celebrate together! WB

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      8 years ago

      So glad you folks are our neighbours! Thanks for the great hub :)

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop....Thank ya! Thank ya very much! I am honored to be called one...always! WB

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful Wayne and speaking just for me it is exactly what the doctor ordered. You are a great American. Rated up..awesome!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @rkhyclak...thanks bekka! Glad you liked it! WB

      @ROMANCER OF are quite welcome. Come see us again soon! WB

      @samuel hodges...I try to remind myself, samuel! LOL! Thank you! WB

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      samuel hodges 

      8 years ago from Winston-Salem NC

      We don't hear much of the meaning to be an America any more. Most of us has lost the true meaning as to what it means. Thanks for the reminder!

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      8 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Wow... amazing! I'm so proud to be an American! Thank you for sharing such beauty with us.

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      8 years ago from Ohio

      Beautiful :)


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