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  1. 1. How many people feel strongly about the USA, and what it stands for?

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"In order to balance the safety of this American artifact with the peoples desire to view the flag, we are looking at displaying it at no more than a 30-degree angle," said Spencer R. Crew, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

The iconic banner hung vertically in Flag Hall at the Museum of American History, on Washington D.C.'s National Mall, from 1964, when the museum opened, until December 1998 when it was taken down and moved to a specially constructed conservation lab in the museum.

The flag was flown over Fort McHenry during the British bombardment on September 13 and 14, 1814. A British witness described it being hoisted on the morning of September 14 as the British ships retreated from Baltimore harbor. At about 7 a.m., Francis Scott Key, a Washington lawyer who had been detained on one of those ships, saw the flag flying over the fort and was inspired to write the patriotic and defiant words of the poem that became the U.S. national anthem.

Planning for the current conservation project

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                          I just received this and knew I must pass it on



The elderly parking lot attendant wasn't in a good mood!

Neither was Sam Bierstock. It was around 1 a.m., and Bierstock, a

Delray Beach, Fla. eye doctor, business consultant, corporate speaker

and musician, was bone tired after appearing at an event.

He pulled up in his car, and the parking attendant began to speak. "I

took two bullets for this country and look what I'm doing," he said


At first, Bierstock didn't know what to say to the World War II

veteran. But he rolled down his window and told the man, "Really, from

the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you."

Then the old soldier began to cry.

"That really got to me," Bierstock says.

Cut to today.

Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach - a member of

Bierstock's band, Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Band - have written a

song inspired by that old soldier in the airport parking lot. The

mournful "Before You Go" does more than salute those who fought in

WWII. It encourages people to go out of their way to thank the aging

warriors before they die.

"If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have been

shot," says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. "The WW II soldiers are

now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to

thank them."

The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it on the

Web, the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine

countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans, their

sons and daughters and grandchildren.

"It made me cry," wrote one veteran's son. Another sent an e-mail

saying that only after his father consumed several glasses of wine

would he discuss "the unspeakable horrors" he and other soldiers had

witnessed in places such as Anzio, Iwo Jima, Bataan and Omaha Beach.

"I can never thank them enough," the son wrote. "Thank you for

thinking about them."

Bierstock and Melnick thought about shipping it off to a professional

singer, maybe a Lee Greenwood type, but because time was running out

for so many veterans, they decided it was best to release it quickly,

for free, on the Web.! They've sent the song to Sen. John McCain and

others in Washington. Already they have been invited to perform it in

Houston for a Veterans Day tribute - this after just a few days on the

Web. They hope every veteran in America gets a chance to hear it.

GOD BLESS every EVERY veteran...

and THANK you to those of you veterans who may receive this!



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that was truly beautiful...i'm sending this on to the men that served on the sub tender with my father...he was on the uss orion as-18 starting the day she was first commissioned sept 1942 til oct 1945...we went to the de-commissioning after her 50 years of service...that was a very tearful event because they decided not to sink her but to scrap her instead...and the men (the plank owners...as my dad was) were all heart torn for her, as were all those that had served on her in recent years...great bunch of guys...very tight. they will all really love this tribute to the men and women that served that war...my mother also served in the navy during wwII


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tdawnaz :  Please pass it to all you can think of.  It's like a petition - the more that see it the more it draws us together.  I know what you mean about WW II.  My father was in the Sea Bee's in the Phillipines(sp?).  He returned uninjured - thank the Lord.  A few sailor stories.

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Thanks EWO;I throughly enjoyed the video & song.My dad was aWW2 vet.He was in the Navy.He was on 3 different tanker ships .2 were sank & he spent time in the water in the Pacific.Then the US let him & other sailors from his ship walk around Hiroshima about 3 weeks after the A-bomb was dropped.I sure that was safe.

He died in 1980 at 54 years old  so he's been gone a long time.

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              Wish I had the vocal to put on here - but the words are the same anyway

                                          " ARLINGTON "  by  Trace  Adkins

Arlington - Trace Adkins

Genre/Lang. : Country

I never thought that this is where I'd settle down.

I thought I'd die an old man back in my hometown.

They gave me this plot of land,

Me and some other men, for a job well done.

There's a big White House sits on a hill just up the road.

The man inside, he cried the day they brought me home.

They folded up a flag and told my Mom and Dad:

"We're proud of your son."

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property.

I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company.

I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done.

I can rest in peace;

I'm one of the chosen ones:

I made it to Arlington.

I remember Daddy brought me here when I was eight.

We searched all day to find out where my grand-dad lay.

And when we finally found that cross,

He said: "Son, this is what it cost to keep us free."

Now here I am, a thousand stones away from him.

He recognized me on the first day I came in.

And it gave me a chill when he clicked his heels,

And saluted me.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property.

I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company.

I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done.

I can rest in peace;

I'm one of the chosen ones:

I made it to Arlington.

And everytime I hear twenty-one guns,

I know they brought another hero home to us.

We're thankful for those thankful for the things we've done.

We can rest in peace;

'Cause we are the chosen ones:

We made it to Arlington.

Yeah, dust to dust,

Don't cry for us:

We made it to Arlington.

[Thanks to rafael.a.acevedo for the lyrics]

For those who don't care for country please bear with me.


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Ragged Old Flag

by Johnny Cash

I walked through a county courthouse square,

On a park bench an old man was sitting there.

I said, "Your old courthouse is kinda run down."

He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town."

I said, "Your flagpole has leaned a little bit,

And that's a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it.

He said, "Have a seat", and I sat down.

"Is this the first time you've been to our little town?"

I said, "I think it is." He said, "I don't like to brag,

But we're kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag."

"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there

When Washington took it across the Delaware.

And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key

Sat watching it writing _Oh Say Can You See_.

And it got a bad rip in New Orleans

With Packingham and Jackson tuggin' at its seams."

"And it almost fell at the Alamo"

Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on through.

She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville

And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.

There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg,

And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag."

"On Flanders Field in World War I

She got a big hole from a Bertha gun.

She turned blood red in World War II

She hung limp and low by the time it was through.

She was in Korea and Vietnam.

She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam."

"She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,

And now they've about quit waving her back here at home.

In her own good land she's been abused --

She's been burned, dishonored, denied and refused."

"And the government for which she stands

Is scandalized throughout the land.

And she's getting threadbare and wearing thin,

But she's in good shape for the shape she's in.

Cause she's been through the fire before

And I believe she can take a whole lot more."

"So we raise her up every morning, Take her down every night.

We don't let her touch the ground And we fold her up right.

On second thought I DO like to brag,

'Cause I'm mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag."

. . .still brings chills to me  :icon_salut:

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