A Toast to the Flag


Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, HI

Here’s to the red of it—

There’s not a thread of it,

No, not a shred of it,

In all the spread of it,

From foot to head,

But heroes bled for it,

Faced steel and lead for it,

Precious blood shed for it,

Bathing it Red!

Here’s to the white of it—

Thrilled by the sight of it,

Who knows the right of it,

But feels the might of it

Through night and day?

Womanhood’s care for it

Made manhood dare for it,

Purity’s prayer for it,

Keeps it so White!

Here’s to the blue of it—

Beauteous view of it,

Heavenly hue of it,

Star-spangled dew of it,

Constant and true;

Diadems gleam for it,

States stand supreme for it,

Liberty’s beam for it

Brightens the Blue!

Here’s to the whole of it—

Stars, stripes and pole of it,

Body and Soul of it,

O, and the roll of it,

Sun shining through;

Hearts in accord for it,

Swear by the sword for it,

Thanking the Lord for it,

Red, White, and Blue!

By John J. Daly

Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc

Chapter One, Albuquerque, NM


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