I was there when ordinary people raised arms against tyranny and the country was born. I led the charge against slavery and I honored thousands who died for equality. I was raised on the hill top at Iwo Jima after 26,000 soldiers died in my name. They lay down their lives willingly for me, for I represent freedom and pride. I am a symbol of peace and unity. I am a beacon of hope for the oppressed and I drive terror into the heart of those that prey on the innocent.
I was held high as the swastikas were torn down from buildings and under me was fascism expelled from the earth. I have travelled around the globe thousands of times honoring those who believed in me. I have stood in silence at the funerals of 2,977 innocents who died under the collapse of the world trade center and the attack of the pentagon. I hung over the caskets of five Texas police officers who were murdered, just for wearing a badge. I was folded into the arms of weeping mothers and wives. Their tears absorbed into my fabric and are now a part of me. I was present when Doherty and Woods died defending the people of the embassy in Benghazi. I have seen dark days of hate and sorrow but I remain the symbol of peace and the evidence of moral excellence.
Those who pledge allegiance to me, pledge to unify the people of the country under me, and to defend free speech and rights of all, no matter what race or country they originate from. People can never be fully perfect but I represent the perfection we strive for. I’m the inspiration for greatness and ambition. I’ve watched skyscrapers built as the America succeeded all other countries through a fair-trade capitalist republic.
But suddenly, I am under attack. Children, armed with bats, wearing black masks have ripped me from my place and stomped on me. They hung me upside-down and lit me on fire. Those who do not know my history do not understand theirs. Those who I defended have turned their backs on me. Believing my stars and stripes to be signs of hate, they’ve attacked me, spitting on the graves of hundreds of thousands who died for the freedom my attackers enjoy. In discontent, claiming they’ve suffered oppression, they disrespect the moral foundation of the country as they get paid millions to throw a ball.
But I will still wave above the buildings and from the flag poles. I am not intimidated, I have been attacked before… And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there…
I will always be there. I will always be the symbol of unity, hope and freedom… For we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.