My Dear Flag Memories were inspired by the video at the bottom of this post. You may want to write your own in the comments section.

I remember standing before you as a child in elementary school and pledging allegiance to you.  I remember seeing you wave in the wind above my schoolyard. I remember you draping the coffin of an assassinated President. I remember you on other coffins as our fallen returned from the Vietnam War and many others to come. I remember you when I joined the Air Force and standing at attention when you were raised and lowered daily for nearly 23 years. I remember you greeting us when we returned from Granada, Panama, Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and a multitude of foreign countries. I remember you on the shoulder of my comrades in arms, in my office, in parades and at the funerals of my friends.

I remember you on that cold winter day when we were released from our Prisoner of War training. We were weak, we were hungry, we were frostbitten, we had not slept in days. I remember you as we all shed our tears at your site through our dehydrated eyes. Yes, you brought tears to the eyes of some of the toughest people in the world. Just one look assured us that the nightmare was over. We were back in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We were not black, white, brown, red or yellow. We were red, white and blue through and through.

Kennedy Funeral

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Sok Kyun Price, (right) wife of the late Master Sgt. (retired) James T. Price, and their son Steven, receives folded flags from members of the base honor guard during a memorial service held for Sergeant Price at the base chapel here July 29. Mr. Price passed away July 20, succumbing to injuries suffered in an accidental fall several weeks ago. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Lakisha Croley)

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”, should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.”

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