Flag Day

On this day in 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental
Congress, the flag of the United States was adopted. In honor
of our flag, on Flag Day, we offer this recitation.

by John Jay Daly, c. 1918

“A Toast to the Flag”

Here’s to the red of it;
There’s not a thread of it —
No nor 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 has felt the might of it
Through day and night?
Womanhood’s care for it
Made manhood dare for it;
Purity’s prayer for it
Kept it so white

Here’s to the blue of it,
Heavenly view of it,
Star spangled hue of it,
Honesty’s due of it,
Constant and true;
Here’s to the whole of it —
Stars, stripes and pole of it —
Here’s to the soul of it,
Red white and blue.

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