I am Your Flag 

I am your flag.
I am not a pennant, but a purpose;
not a standard, but a symbol;
not a banner but a belief.

I was conceived in justice,
fostered by the love of liberty,
and nourished by the desire for freedom.
I am not a flag, but your Flag.

My fate is in your hands.
I can rise equal to your highest hopes.
I am indicative of your ideals
and symbolic of your sacrifices in the preservation of Liberty,
Freedom and Justice.

I am not a substance, but a shadow:
The heroic spirit
of all the great Americans...
of Washington and Wayne,
of Jefferson and Jones,
of Calhoun and Carver.

I flew as proudly at Charleston as at Concord,
at San Antonio as at San Juan Hill,
at Iwo Jima as at Independence Hall.

I am a composite of a Nation's ideals
and a denotation of its desires.
I am Old Glory.....
The Star spangled Banner....
the Red, White and Blue.

I am what you believe me to be,
and am nothing more.
Love and respect me,
then Freedom, Liberty, and Justice live.

Neglect me and we perish together.
I am YOUR FLAG.
My fate is in your hands.

Author Unknown