I hope everyone has a glorious 4th! I love the 4th of July so much. It's very nostalgic for me. I love fireworks, bbq's, baseball games and just being with family and friends. But i am also very patriotic and love being able to spend a day celebrating all that is great about this country. We are so blessed to live in this country. No matter what your political views are or your feelings about the current president, i hope that we can each take some time today to be grateful for our freedoms and for the men and women who have sacrificed everything to ensure those freedoms.
Happy 4th of July!!
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, “Now 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 hanging on it” He said, “Have a seat.” And I sat down. “Is the 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 kind of 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 powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat up watching it, writing “Say Can you See.” It got a little rip in New Orleans with Packingham and Jackson pulling at its seams. And it almost fell at the Alamo beside the Texas flag, but she waved on though. It got cut with a sword at ChancellorsVille and it cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard and Bragg. The south wind blew hard on that ragged old flag. On Flanders field in World War One, She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun. She turned blood red in World War Two, She hung limp and low by the time it was through, she was in Korea and Viet Nam. She went where she sent by her Uncle Sam; she waved from our ships upon the briny foam. And now they’ve about quit waving her at home.
In her own good land she’s been abused, she’s burned, dishonored, denied, refused and now the Government for which she stands is scandalized through out our land. And she’s getting threadbare and she’s 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 here up every morning bring her down slow every night. We don’t let her touch the ground and we fold her up rightOn second thought, I do like to brag. Cause I'm Mighty Proud Of That Ragged Old Flag.
-Johnny Cash, March 1974