Hello, Remember Me?

Real Estate Agent with Smart Referral Network, LLC

This was handed out at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently and I want to share in case you haven't seen it, or haven't seen it in awhile.

Hello. Remember me? Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star-Spangled Banner, but whatever you 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 sides 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?US Flag

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 your 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 anyone else take off their 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 and the men that have fought for the stars that I carry on my back?  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...One Nation Under God...when you salute me, you are actually saluting them.

Well, it won't be long until I'll be coming down your street again. 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.  I'll know that...YOU REMEMBERED

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Thanks to Image West Design and Print of Phoenix, Arizona, for sharing this.


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Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

this is much needed today!  Ever notice how many people don't know to stand when the flag passes, or how many people don't remove their hats....it is sad...

Oct 13, 2008 04:26 PM #1
Caren Wallace
Premier Property Group LLC - Tualatin, OR
Portland Caren Real Estate

A lovely reminder of the symbol of our great country!

Oct 13, 2008 04:27 PM #2
Terri Kincaid
ERA Brokers Consolidated - Mesquite, NV

The flag represents so much - my kids just don't see it as a big deal, don't know why!

Oct 13, 2008 04:40 PM #3
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

A young woman performed this in a pageant & audience members were moved to tears.

Oct 13, 2008 04:55 PM #4
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Stephanie, it is a shame that we haven't passed on to our children the respect that we once felt for the flag.  I remember 15 years or so ago, a college at the University of Utah was going to burn a flag in validation of his first ammendment rights.  I Vietnam Veteran took the flag away from him and let him know that regardless of how unpopular the war might have been, better people than he would ever hope to be died defending that flag and he should have enough courtesy to at least respect their sacrifice.  That is the main problem I have with 1 of the political parties is that they seem to thrive by making us feel inferior as Americans.  That's just wrong, regardless of who is in the White House, we need to respect our flag, the people that died defending it, and feel proud to be Americans!

Oct 13, 2008 06:16 PM #5
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

Stephanie ~ Thank you for this post and thank you for the respect you give our nation and her flag.

Oct 14, 2008 12:21 AM #6
Stephanie Pitel
Smart Referral Network, LLC - Glendale, AZ

Caren and Nicholas - Thanks for reading it, I'm glad you appreciate it!

Pat and Kathleen - Yes, I have noticed how the flag is often taken for granted.  It's good to hear that a reminder did move an audience. 

Terri, Tony and Darcy - My 13-year old stepson is becoming quite the Conservative and isn't afraid to debate students, and even his teachers, on various topics.  But, I'm not sure he appreciates the flag as much yet, either.  I always respected the flag as a kid, but I don't remember a big dealing being made about it other than we learned and said the Pledge of Allegiance every day.  But now, almost every time I hear the Star-Spangled Banner it gives me chills or brings tears to my eyes.  It makes me sick to hear of Americans that want to burn our flag.  I agree with you, even if someone has an issue with how things are run, this country gives them the right to speak out against it and for that very reason, everyone should respect the flag.

Oct 14, 2008 06:36 AM #7
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