Growing Up We Celebrated Flag Day - Did You?

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Hanover Seaside ClubI've lived all over North Carolina, and didn't really "grow" up in any one city... but I've spent more summer hours (since I was in 4th grade) at a PLACE that's special to my heart... the Hanover Seaside Club at Wrightsville Beach, NC.

From our home in Cary - it takes exactly two hours to get there, and when I think of Summer, I think of the Club.

Every year my parents tried to make sure we spent this week, and the first week of August at the Club, that has rooms for rent to members on the third floor... and this week was always the week we celebrated Flag Day.

Flag Day was the day they allowed the "kids" to raise the Flag in front of the Club, and we'd say the pledge of Allegence... and my mother would read this poem... I Am The Flag by Ruth Rous.  I thought you might find it inspiring today:

I am the Flag

by Ruth Apperson Rous

I am the flag of the United States of America.

I was born on June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia.

There the Continental Congress adopted my stars and stripes as the national flag.

My thirteen stripes alternating red and white, with a union of thirteen white stars in a field of blue, represented a new constellation, a new nation dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind.

Today fifty stars signal from my union, one for each of the fifty sovereign states in the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known.

My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country. My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of American men and boys and the self-sacrifice and devotion of American mothers and daughters.

My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all. My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith. I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity.

I embody American freedom: freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press, and the sanctity of the home.

I typify that indomitable spirit of determination brought to my land by Christopher Columbus and by all my forefathers - the Pilgrims, Puritans, settlers at James town and Plymouth.

I am as old as my nation. I am a living symbol of my nation's law: the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. I voice Abraham Lincoln's philosophy: "A government of the people, by the people,for the people." I stand guard over my nation's schools, the seedbed of good citizenship and true patriotism.

I am displayed in every schoolroom throughout my nation; every schoolyard has a flag pole for my display. Daily thousands upon thousands of boys and girls pledge their allegiance to me and my country.

I have my own law—Public Law 829, "The Flag Code" - which definitely states my correct use and display for all occasions and situations.

I have my special day, Flag Day. June 14 is set aside to honor my birth. Americans, I am the sacred emblem of your country. I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty purchased with blood and sorrow. I am your title deed of freedom, which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity.

If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate, if I am nullified and destroyed, you and your children will become slaves to dictators and despots. Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom.

As you see me silhouetted against the peaceful skies of my country, remind yourself that I am the flag of your country, that I stand for what you are - no more, no less.

Guard me well, lest your freedom perish from the earth. Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand: "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

I was created in freedom. I made my first appearance in a battle for human liberty.

God grant that I may spend eternity in my "land of the free and the home of the brave" and that I shall ever be known as "Old Glory," the flag of the United States of America.



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Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Eleanor, thanks for sharing.  Our flag use to be more important when I was growing up.  Seems taken for granted now.

Jun 14, 2010 03:14 AM #1
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT

Yes, we did and today I flagged all of my listings with brand new, small flags.  I see more flags flying on a regular basis, now, then before 9-11.  I think people are motivated to display them more often now, then in years past.  I believe that we do realize how important those stars and stripes are:)

I do remember, hearing this poem, many times at Flag Day and July 4th events.:) 

It's a Good Life,


Jun 14, 2010 07:21 AM #2
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

I read this poem in school and haven't seen it since.  Should be required reading!

Jun 15, 2010 01:44 AM #3
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Eleanor, we were out of town over the week-end but made sure the flag was out before we left!  I'd not seen this poem before.  Thanks for sharing!!!

Jun 15, 2010 10:16 AM #4
Tina Johnson
RE/MAX United - Rockford, MI
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My daughter's birthday is on Flag Day so we always make sure to fly the flag and remember the reasons why we so prodly fly our flag.  It is a double celebration for our family!!

Jun 16, 2010 06:03 AM #5
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
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Our local Realtor organization sponsors a Flag Day ceremony each year, and I always make it a point to attend.

Jun 18, 2010 12:58 PM #6
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
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A little late to the party but YEP we celebrate Flag Day!  My daddy is a veteran and we have a lot of veterans in our family.  A salute to them and our country :)

Jun 29, 2010 11:37 AM #7
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