Just A Little Walk In The Woods

with the Delta Raiders

Company D, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)


The Pledge of Allegiance

"I pledge allegiance"

(I promise to be true)

"to the flag"
(to the symbol of our country)

"of the United States of America"
(each state that has joined to make our country)

"and to the Republic"
(a republic is a country where the people choose others to make laws for them
-- the government is for the people)

"for which it stands,"
(the flag means the country)

"one Nation"
(a single country)

"under God,"
(the people believe in a supreme being)

"indivisible,"
(the country cannot be split into parts)

"with liberty and justice"
(with freedom and fairness)

"for all."
(for each person in the country...you and me!)

 

The pledge says you are promising to be true
to the United States of America!


The original
Pledge of Allegiance

 

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands- one nation indivisible-with liberty and justice for all."

 

On September 8,1892, the Boston based "The Youth's Companion" magazine published a few words for students to repeat on Columbus Day that year. Written by Francis Bellamy, the circulation manager and native of Rome, New York, and reprinted on thousands of leaflets, was sent out to public schools across the country. On October 12, 1892, the quadricentennial of Columbus' arrival, more than 12 million children recited the Pledge of Allegiance, thus beginning a required school-day ritual.

At the first National Flag Conference in Washington D.C., on June14, 1923, a change was made. For clarity, the words "the Flag of the United States" replaced "my flag". In the following years various other changes were suggested but were never formally adopted.

It was not until 1942 that Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. One year later, in June 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that school children could not be forced to recite it. In fact, today only half of our fifty states have laws that encourage the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom!

In June of 1954 an amendment was made to add the words "under God". Then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower said "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."


The Flag folding ceremony

The Flag folding ceremony stands for the same religious principles on which our country was originally founded.

The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dress from left to right and is inverted only when draped as a pall on the casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform.

Armed Forces in the United States:
The flag is lowered, folded in a triangle and kept under watch during the night as tribute to our nation's honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and at the ceremony of reville, run aloft as symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.

- The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

- The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

- The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks and who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

- The fourth fold represents our weaker nature. For as American citizens trusting in GOD, it is to HIM we turn to in times of peach as well as in times of war for HIS diving guidance.

- The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decauter, "Our country, in dealing with the other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong."

- The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our hearts that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the US of A, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under GOD, indivisible, with Liberty and justice for all.

- The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through them that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

- The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

- The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion the the character of the men and women who have made this country great molded.

- The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.

- The eleventh fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

- The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity   and glorifies, in their eyes, GOD the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto. "In God We Trust"


That Ragged Old Flag!
Written by Johnny Cash

 

I walked through a county courthouse square.
On a park bench an old man was sitting there.
I said, "Your old Court House is kinda run down."
He said, "No, it will do for our little town."
I said, "Your old flag Pole is leaning a little bit.
And that's a ragged old Flag you've got hanging on it."

He said, "Have a seat," and I sat down
"Is the first time that you've been to our little town?"
"Well," he said, "I don't like to brag,
But we're kinda proud of that ragged old Flag.

You see, we got a little hole in the Flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
And it got powder burns, the night Francis Scott Key,
Sat watching it, writing 'Oh, Say, Can You See.'

And it got a bad rip at New Orleans,
When Packingham and Jackson took it to the scene
And, it almost fell at the Alamo beside the Texas Flag
But she waved on through.

She got cut with a sword at Chancerville,
And she got cut again at Shilo Hill
There was Robert E. Lee, Bouregard and Bragg
The South wind blew hard on that Old Ragged Flag.

She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun
She turned BLOOD RED World War Two,
And she hung limp and low a time or two.
She was in Korea and Vietnam
She went from our ships upon the briny foam.

Now they've about quit waving her back here at home
In our good land she's been abused,
She's been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused
And the Government for which she stands
Is scandalized through out the land.

She's getting threadbare and she's wearing thin,
But, she's in good shape for the shape she's in,
Because she's been through the fire before,
I believe she can take a whole lot more.

So we raise her up every morning, and we
Take her down every night,
We don't let her touch the ground,
and we fold her up right.

On second thought, I DO LIKE TO BRAG,

BECAUSE I'M MIGHTY PROUD OF THAT RAGGED OLD FLAG!


Declaration of Independance


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