"The American's Creed"
William Tyler Page - 1918
OUR FLAG

I am proud to be a U.S. Flag and fly with Dignity, because my freedom wasn't won without Hostility
Oh, my I plead, "Come fly with me" look out across the sky and if you will, I promise you that I'll try not to cry.
My job is flying every day for all the World to See
I represent the Gallant men that, all through history marched out from hallowed pages when the trouble did ensue and if you knew them then like I did, you'd fight the tears back too. 
For, as they sang, "We won't be back till it's over, over there, they planted many memories that I would like to share.
I felt such pride, that day at Wake - I flew there for awhile and was again raised against tremendous odds on Iwo Jima Isle.  I've flown half mast at places like corrigador,
Bataan.  Men scaled the walls at Normandy to bear my colors on.
Pearl Harbor taught this land of ours, no liberty is free.  I wept o'er every battle field and I know that Victory is bought with sweat, blood and tears or traded for the slain, but I proclaim to all the world that they did not die in vain.
I flew at every major front to honor Uncle Sam.  Korea had its heroes too and so did Vietnam.
Marines were slain in Lebanon to raise involvement fear, but if we don't fight over there, they'll bring it over here
If I can know just what it was that reared courageously to leave behind heroic deeds that carved out history.   Just what it was inside of them that overcame their fear. 
What made them leave the homes they loved and families held dear.  What made these men lay down their lives to stem the tide of war.  For now they rest beyond the blue, upon that golden shore.  For in the air, on land or sea, great courage did prevail.  But many names, may God forgive, were lost upon the trail.  It reads unknown upon their cross, they rest beneath the sod.  And though we may never know their names, there names are known to God.
I'm very sure that God himself told every man, "well done" and comforted each mothers heart who sacrificed a son. 
My Vigilance will never end above your hallowed dead, who gave their very best - their lives and then, marched on ahead.
I pray that I may some day, fly in peace forevermore.  That I will be spared the pain and grief and misery of War.  That some day thru the grace of God, the drums of war will cease and every place on earth will dwell in everlasting peace.
For every soldier I have known, "May I salute you, Sir", for I was there the day you fell and I know how brave you were. 
And so I fly around the world for every soldiers sake, but wonder how much more of this, my broken heart can take.  I am much more than just a flag that decorates a pole.
I am the faith, the hope and love within the G.I.s soul.
And if any flag could really talk, here is what this flag would say.
To every soldier laid to rest, come fly with me today.


Author Unknown
I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people and for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed.
A democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity, for which American Patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
"I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country, to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag and to defend it against all enemies."
*Forwarded by Andrew Augustine, University of Delaware