"... the bombs bursting in air ..."
A FLAG IS…
…a word used to describe a banner, pennant or ensign, or a cloth with colors or patterns, used as a symbol of a nation…
…is an honored symbol of a nation’s unity, achievements, glory and high resolve.
The Flag of the United States of America is such a symbol…of freedoms bravely fought for and won...of protection, under the constitution, of the rights and privileges of all Americans...of promises of fulfillment of all their hopes and principles and ideals.
It is also a symbol; of the duty of all its citizens to serve in time of need, to speak out for what each considers right, and to help correct under the law what is honestly believed to be wrong.
Throughout the ages, Americans have developed character, courage and strength by devotion to the symbols we believe in.
That in essence, is what makes us the patriotic Americans, we are today.
THE FLAG OF OUR COUNTRY
I am Old Glory
I am old glory: For more than ten score years I have been the banner of hope and freedom for generation after generation of Americans. Born amid the first flames of America's fight for freedom, I am the symbol of a country that has grown from a little group of thirteen colonies to a united nation of fifty sovereign states. Planted firmly on the high pinnacle of American Faith my gently fluttering folds have proved an inspiration to untold millions. Men have followed me into battle with unwavering courage. They have looked upon me as a symbol of national unity. They have prayed that they and their fellow citizens might continue to enjoy the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, which have been granted to every American as the heritage of free men. So long as men love liberty more than life itself; so long as they treasure the priceless privileges bought with the blood of our forefathers; so long as the principles of truth, justice and charity for all remain deeply rooted in human hearts, I shall continue to be the enduring banner of the United States of America.