Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Scoutmaster's Minute: Remember Me?
Scoutmaster's Minute: Remember Me?
Em & Tony Shipley
Wed, 2 Jun 1999 21:48:07 -0500
I've been called Star-Spangled Banner by some. Others refer to me as
Old Glory. Whatever they call me, I am your flag, the flag of the
States of America. Something has been bothering me, so I thought I
might talk it over with
you, because it has to do with you and me.
I remember the day when people lined up on both sides of the street to
watch a parade - like always, I was leading the parade, proudly waving
in the breeze. When I passed by your daddy, he immediately revoved his
and placed it against his left shoulder so the hand was directly over
his heart. Do you remember?
Over the years I've walked down a lot of city streets and I don't see
this any longer. What happened?
I'm still the same old flag. I've earned a few more stars
since you were a child. I've seen a lot more battles since those
parades of long ago.
But now I don't feel as proud as I used to. When I come down the street
you just stand there with your hands in your pockets and I may get a
small glance when I pass by and then you look the other way. Then I see
children running around and shouting - they don't seem to know who I am.
I passed by this one man and he actually took his hat off. When he
didn't see anybody else with theirs off, he quickly put it back on.
Is it a sin to be patriotic anymore? Have you forgotten what I stand
for, where I've been and the men that have fought for the stars that I
on my back? Take a look at the Memorial Honor Rolls, read the names of
those who never came back, those who fought to keep this republic free .
ONE NATION UNDER GOD . . . when you salute me, you are actually saluting
The day will come when I will be coming down your street again. So when
you see me, stand straight, place your right hand over you heart, be
proud, and I will salute you by waving back. I'll know that . . .