VETERANS, I thank you, I respect you, I defend you, I applaud you. If anyone writes anything negative to this blog...you are a SORRY excuse for an American. Johnny Cash said it best....To our Military, past and present....this one's for you!
"Ragged Old Flag"
I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin' there.
I said, "Your old court house is kinda run down,
He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town".
I said, "Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that's a ragged old flag you got hangin' 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 "Say Can You See"
It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
tugging at its seams.
and It almost fell at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and 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, a time or two,
She was in Korea, 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 wavin' back here at home
in her own good land here She's been abused,
She's been burned, dishonored, denied an' refused,
And the government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
And she's getting thread bare, and she's wearin' 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
And we bring her down slow 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"
Memorial Day is one of those days that I hope you politics leave your mind and your heart takes over. No matter what you feel about current and past wars, hopefully, you appreciate those who Andy Rooney says, "didn't give their lives but had them taken from them!" Just remember them and pray for their families.
Memorial Day is a very meaningful day for me. On May 27, 1968, my brother, Carlton H. Hood, gave his life for our country in Viet Nam. That was 41 years ago, but the memories are still clear for me. I was given a special gift recently in the form of an email. A man who was a Navy corpsman in Carlton's platoon and was with him during the battle where he was killed, contacted me. He shared with me memories of Carlton and of that day, and those comments are precious to me.
God bless America and God bless those who are there in our military to protect our freedom!
God bless our military.
Please take a moment today to bow your head and say a prayer for those lost in serving this country.
And thank a vet, not only today, but every day.
Donna Hood, I appreciate the great sacrifice you and your family made on my behalf.
Memorial Day is a day most of us think about picnics, swimming, and the start of summer. We have gotten away from the true meaning of this day. My brother MSG Davy N. Weaver gave his life so that we can enjoy our life. No one can know the pain of losing a loved one to a war far away unless you have been there yourself. I ask everyone please take the time to remember those like my brother who thought more of your life that they are so willing to lay their life down no questioned asked.
Proud sister of MSG Davy N. Weaver