Photo: Tattered Flag

When I see this flag, I think of the the troops that are in Iraq during the winter while we are at home warm by the fires with our families. They are out there defending the country they love and their beloved families that live here. As you can see, this flag is old and torn, but yet it's still standing strong. It hasn't lost it's color and can survive through it all, just like those troops who have gone through really hard times, but they still stand strong and they can reunite with their families again!

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By Sonia

January 4, 20110 found this helpful

You captured a very moving photo and it's meaning.Thanks for sharing.

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January 4, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you for leaving a comment. I don't get on here that often, and I wanted to posted up some new photos. I really do enjoy looking at this photo. You're right, it is a very moving photo and it has great great meaning! :) I love photography and sharing it. So that others can enjoy. I know it's not very high class, but it's what one gets from these photos I guess, the meaning? I like odd, random photos, and they turn out quite good. :D

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January 5, 20110 found this helpful

They are not defending the country they love. They are invading another one.

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January 5, 20110 found this helpful

I beg to differ with merry50 . They are following orders from the President of the United States of America. They are defending our freedom as well as helping other country's to gain theirs. If it were not for our troops in every war, we would not be free to have freedom of speech, let alone freedom of any kind. And I for one gave this picture a thumbs up. God Bless our troops everywhere. GG Vi

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January 5, 20110 found this helpful

Reminds me of this poem:

"Ragged Old Flag"

I walked through a county courthouse square

On a park bench, an old man was sittin' there.

I said, "Your old court house 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 Francis Scott Key sat watching it,

writing "Say Can You See"

It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson

tugging 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 and 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.

She waved from our ships upon the briny foam

and now they've about quit wavin' back here at home

in her own good land here She's been abused,

She's been burned, dishonored, denied an' refused,

And the government for which she stands

Has been scandalized throughout out the land.

And she's getting thread bare, and she's wearin' 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

And we bring her down slow 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"

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January 5, 20110 found this helpful

I hope that the custodian of this flag has since retired it from active duty. If you don't know how to retire a flag properly, please contact your local Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts and they will be able to connect you with a troop that does retirements throughout the year.

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January 8, 20110 found this helpful

Shame on you Merry50!That our men are not defending our Country. You mean you are living here, in this Country, in the land of the Free, able to say what you want, when you want it, and you can say that about our people over there?

Shame on you merry50. Shame on you.

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January 16, 20110 found this helpful

Here is a link, which states: "The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary. When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner." www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html

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