I am freedom for all men. The blood of freedom runs in my viens. I am over 280 million living people and the voice of other millions who have died for freedom for which I stand and which I still make possible.
I am sleepy rustic villages and surging, roaring cities; fruitful vines and fertile fields; magnificent mountains and dry dusty deserts. I am 3 1/2 million square miles, 2 1/2 million farms, 10 million small businesses.
I am 2000 schools and colleges and 300,000 churches. I am Paul Revere’s ” The British are coming!” I am Patric Henry’s – “Give me Liberty or give me death!”
I am Washington in prayer at Valley Forge, Lincoln in sorrow at Gettyburg. MacArthur in return at Manila. I am the Defender of Freedom. In answer to its call, I left heroic dead in Flanders Field, Pearl harbor, Okinawa, Korea and Vietnam. I am the choice of freedom, and freedom is breath and my blood. Without it I’d die.
And God willing and helping may I always possess the integrity and inner strength of unity to keep myself unshackled and to remain forever the citadel of freedom, a beacon of hope to all men everywhere.
I am the American flag–13 stripes to remind all of my humble beginning and 50 white stars on a field of blue, showing the strength of unity with integrity, as capture in those immortal words of Lincoln. “The Union—at any price!”
If you have ever known the feeling of seeing me unfurled over a stronghold of evil, stormed in the cause of the right waving proudly in the breeze in a foreign land to the stirring of sound of “Retreat” or “Taps” then you know why men are willing to follow me and to die for the freedom for which I stand.