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Retirement of Old Glory
Starr Mills read the patriotic poem “I Am Old Glory,” which was originally written by Master Sergeant Percy Webb, USMC.
“I Am Old Glory: For more than 10 score years I have been the banner of hope and freedom for generation after generation of Americans.
Born amid the first flames of
Planted firmly on the high pinnacle of American Faith my gently fluttering folds have proved an inspiration to untold millions.
Men have followed me into battle with unwavering courage.
They have looked upon me as a symbol of national unity.
They have prayed that they and their fellow citizens might continue to enjoy the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, which have been granted to every American as the heritage of free men.
So long as men love liberty more than life itself; so long as they treasure the priceless privileges bought with the blood of our forefathers; so long as the principles of truth, justice and charity for all remain deeply rooted in human hearts, I shall continue to be the enduring banner of the United States of America.”