This is America and our symbol is the American Flag; she actually has a name, her name is Old Glory. I want you to think about what Old Glory means to you. She is as old as our nation. She stands for peace, honor, truth, and justice. She is very confident. She stands for freedom, our freedom. Actually, she is very proud; some might actually call her arrogant. For when she flies with other banners, her head is just a little higher. She bows for no one, except in a time of honoring our fallen heroes, and her county in a time of sorrow and grief. She is recognized all over the world. She is saluted, loved, respected, and at times even feared. She has fought in every battle for over 200 years, from Valley Forge to present time conflicts. She was there leading her troops from every walk of life to defend the freedom we have today. Dirty, battle worn, and tired, her soldiers cheer her on and fly her with pride. She has never been left behind. This honorable lady has been torn, burned, and trampled on in the streets of many countries, and even in her own. She has been spit upon and stomped on, yet she rises again and again. Freedom comes with a cost. Old Glory overcomes, and we overcome, for she is strong and we are strong. Our American Flag is our symbol, our freedom, and I do
Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. I personally thank you Old Glory for your representation, commitment and service to our country.
Field and Marsh Banquet March 10, 2018Lanny L. Parker