I walked through a county courthouse square,
On a park bench, an old man was sittin' there.
I said, "Your old courthouse is kinda run down,
He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town".
I said, "Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that's a ragged old flag you got hangin' on it".
He said, "Have a seat", and I sat down,
"Is this the first time you've been to our little town?"
I said, "I think it is."
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 that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
And it got powder burned the night that Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
writing "Say Can You See"
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans,
with Packingham & Jackson tuggin' at its seams.
And it almost fell at the Alamo, beside the Texas flag
But She waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And She got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard and Bragg,
And the South wind blew hard on
That Ragged Old Flag
On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp and low a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam,
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.
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The Native Americans, The Black, Yellow and White
All shed red blood for the Stars and Stripes.
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She waves from our ships upon the briny foam
and now they've about quit wavin' Her, back here at home.
In her own good land here She's been abused,
She's been burned, dishonored, denied and refused,
And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land.
And she's getting threadbare, and she's wearing thin,
But she's in good shape, for the shape she's in.
Cause she's been through the fire before
and I believe She can take a whole lot more.
"So we raise her up every morning
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
Cause I'm mighty proud of
That Ragged Old Flag"
--- Written by Johnny Cash
Whether your Ancestors wore
or She's for YOU
Even before the American Revolution, flags bearing the familiar red and white stripes, which symbolize the unity of the original 13 colonies of America, began to appear. These stripes were later combined with the British Union Jack to produce the Continental flag that flew over George Washington's headquarters during the siege of Boston.
Almost a year passed after the Declaration of Independence was signed before a new flag was adopted by the Congress. But variations in the flag were persistent, and changes continued during much of the 19th century. The Flag Act of 1818 fixed the number of horizontal stripes at 13, and gave the President the authority to determine the star arrangement. The now-familiar stars and stripes were not carried into battle by the United States Army until the Mexican War.
Finally, in 1912, an executive order was established which defined the design of the flag, including the star arrangement. Later, when Alaska and Hawaii entered the Union, stars representing those states were added to the flag, adapting the traditional horizontal arrangement.
The History of Famous American Flags includes 16 different flags during various periods of American History.
- Pre-Revolution Colonial Flag
- Bunker Hill Flag
- Great or Grand Union Flag
- Navy Jack
- Betsy Ross Flag
- Bennington Flag
- John Paul Jones Flag
- Battle of Cowpens Flag
- Perry's Flag Lake Erie
- Star Spangled Banner Flag
- Third United States Flag 1818
- Lone Star Flag of Texas
- Confederate Battle Flag 1861
- United States 48 Star Flag 1913-1959
- The President's Flag
- United States 50-Star 1960
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