These  COLORS  ...  Never  Run !!

 

"My name is .. Old Glory"

 

"I am the Flag of the United States of America"

 

I fly atop buildings all over the world.

I stand watch in America's halls of justice.

I fly majestically over institutions of learning.

I stand guard with power in the world.

Look up and see me.

 

I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.

I stand for freedom.

I am confident.

I am arrogant.

I am proud.

 

When I am flown with my fellow banners,

my head is a little higher,

my colors a little truer.

 

I bow to no one!

I am recognized all over the world.

I am worshipped  -  I am saluted.

I am loved  -  I am revered.

I am respected  - -  and I am feared.

 

I have fought in every battle .. of every war ..  for more than 200 years.

I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomattox.

I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome,

.. and the beaches of Guadalcanal, Normandy and Guam.

Iwo Jima, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm know me .. I was there.

I led my troops,

I was dirty, battle worn and tired,

but my Soldiers cheered me .. and I was proud.

My Troops now on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan  will always   feel my presence,

for I am wherever  Our Troops might be  ..   24-7  ..   and I am proud.

 

I am torn into strips and used as bandages ..

.. for my wounded comrades on the battlefield.

I am flown at half-staff to honor my fallen Soldiers.

When I lie in the trembling arms of grieving Parents ..

.. at the grave of their fallen Son or Daughter,

my folded colors will  forever  cradle their tears.

 

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I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets and countries I have helped set free.

It does not hurt, for I am invincible.

I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country.

And when it's by those whom I've served in battle  - -   it hurts.

But I shall overcome  - -  for I am strong.

 

I have slipped the bonds of Earth,

and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space,

from my vantage point on the moon.

I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest hours.

But my finest hours are yet to come.

 

 

"And now .. another Day of Infamy"

 

Tuesday .. September 11, 2001

 

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The World Trade Center  .. in Manhattan, New York

The Pentagon .. in Washington, DC

A Grassy Field  .. in Shanksville, Pennsylvania

 

Once again .. I am flown at half-staff.

This time  ..  for  thousands of innocent  ..  Men, Women and Children,

Airline, Military, Religious, Police, Medical, Port Authority, Fire & Rescue personnel ..

.. at their posts.

All here .. Visitors from foreign nations, Citizens on sacred turf .. their beloved homefront.

 

Once again .. there are the Wounded  .. the Missing .. the Heroes,

this time .. on the homefront.

 

And now .. there are grieving Families, Memorial Services and  Funerals,

all  unnatural  partings  ..  on the homefront.

 

And yet .. in the midst of this monumental sadness .. my presence revives strength,

courage, confidence, determination .. and spirited eagerness to lend helping hands.

Young citizens anxious to exchange their "civies" ..  for U.S. Military uniforms.

U.S. Veterans .. willing to serve .. again.

"True Blue and True New Patriots"  display me .. all over the homefront.

Look up and see me.

 

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My name is Old Glory .. long may I wave.

Dear God in Heaven .. long may I wave.

 

 

Salt Lake City, Utah

Winter Olympics  ..  February 8, 2002

 

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"Homage"

 

 

 

 

March  2003 - December 2011

 

"Operations  ...  Iraqi Freedom, Desert Scorpion, Red Dawn, Enduring Freedom"

 

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U.S.A. Military

101st Airborne .. 1st Marine Division .. 173rd Paratroopers

7th Cavalry .. 3rd Infantry .. 4th Infantry

 

 

"Operations  ...  Desert Lion, Enduring Freedom, Mountain Resolve, New Dawn"

Afghanistan

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82nd Airborne Division

 

 

"Operation Iron Hammer"

Baghdad

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1st Armored Division

 

 

"Operation Phantom Fury - Al Fajr"

Fallujah

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1st Marine Division

 

 

7 May 2005

U.S. Forces punch through Remote Desert Outposts in pursuit of Iraq's Most Wanted

Supported by ..

Navy and Marine F/A-18 Hornet Strike Jets

and

Marine Cobra Attack Helicopters

 

 

 

25 May 2005

"Operation Lightning"

U.S. and 20,000 Iraqi Forces Joint Effort

 

June 2005

"Operations Spear and Dagger"

 

3 August 2005

"Operation Quick Strike"

Haqliniyah (near Haditha), Iraq

 

October 2005

"Operations .. Iron Fist and River Gate"

 

November 2005

"Operation Steel Curtain"

 

December 2005

"Operation Shank"

 

March 2006

"Operation Swarmer"

 

April 2006

"Operation Mountain Lion"

 

February 2007

"Operation Law and Order"

 

June - July 2007

"Operation Phantom Thunder"

"Operation Arrowhead Ripper"

 

January 2008

"Operation Phantom Phoenix"

 

2 July 2009

U.S. Marines Launch Major Operation in Afghanistan (Helmand River Valley)

"Operation Strike of the Sword"

 

11 August 2009

U.S. Marines and Afghan Troops Launch Major Operation in Dahaneh, Afghanistan

"Operation Eastern Resolve 2"

 

4 December 2009

U.S. Marines and Afghan Troops Launch Offensive in Now Zad Valley, Afghanistan

"Operation Cobra's Anger"

 

February 2010

Combined Military Forces Launch Major Offensive in S. Helmand Province, Afghanistan

"Operation Moshtarak"

 

 

August 2010 - July 2011

Massachusetts U.S. Army National Guard - 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment

Headquarters Company and Companies A, B , C , D   (670 Guardsman)

Camp Atterbury, Indiana (August - September 2010)

Deployment to Afghanistan (October 2010 - July 2011)

 

181st Infantry Regiment - Delta Company (Company D)

Battalion Send-off Ceremony

Foley Stadium Formation - Worcester, Massachusetts  (1 August 2010)

 

181st Infantry Regiment deployed to Afghanistan October 2010

 

181st Infantry Regiment returned to Massachusetts (USA) .. 27 July 2011

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Troops Withdraw  From Iraq .. 18 December 2011

 

 

 

 

March  2003  -  September  2017

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Known U.S. Casualties  (Iraq and Afghanistan)

 

 

 

 

"Fort Hood, Texas - 5 November 2009"

 

 

 

 

Wounded Warrior Project

 

New England Paralyzed Veterans of America

 

United Services Organization  (USO)

 

Veterans Outreach Center

 

                            

Respectfully,

Helen Marie Melly-More

Marlborough, Massachusetts

U.S.A.

 

Background Music: "Glory"

Listen to  ..  "Our National Anthem"

Listen to  .. "Military Salute"

 

 

 

Acknowledgements:

 

"Large American Flag on Flagpole"

Courtesy of Galt Technology - Wallpaperworld.com

 

"Small Animated American Flag"

Courtesy of Eclipse Digital Imaging

 

 

Please select any portion of the following  underlined   Chapters:

 

Civil War  - Pennsylvania Regiments

The Blue Uniform         My Family  ..   A Call to Arms          "Dear Mother" ...  1862 Letter             A Proper Burial

Roll of Honor ... Our Fallen Lads            The Drummer Boy           Medal of Honor - Sgt. Pursell  

104th PA Regiment        Battle of Fair Oaks         69th PA - Irish Brigade of Philadelphia

72nd PA - Sgt. George Leidy Hess

"The Gettysburg Address"

"Dear Mrs. Bixby" ... 1864 Letter - President Lincoln

From the Halls of Montezuma - U.S. Marine Corps

"Pledge of Allegiance"

My name is ... "Old Glory"

September 11, 2001  .. "Let's roll"

Vietnam  ..   "The Brotherhood"

Appomattox .. "The Blue and Gray"

Philly in the 1940's .. A Trip down Memory Lane

 

 

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