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I Love My Country, Unconditionally

God Bless America, Land that I Love, Stand beside her and guide her, thru the night, with a Light from above...

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Honorable Intentions

Our intentions were honorable right from the start, it wasn't just a longing, but an inherent need and will, to escape the clutches of tyranny and abuse

Not all participated, nor were down for the fight, maybe they were content with the conditions they were living in

Maybe they thought it would be to no avail, of no use, unobtainable, using every excuse

While others could not wait for the Revolution to finally begin...

So with an army of infantry and with a ragtag militia of boys and men

they fought together against the strong arm of tyranny, they fought for freedom, right where they stood and although,

it could not have been easy to turn farmers into militia and then into infantrymen

They fought on through nights without rest, long bloody days, through rain, snow and the storms which would so mightily blow

Many never made it back to their farms, their families, their homes; no loved ones were there, as they suffered and as they bled

But, I’m sure their final thoughts or words, were of freedom, of the fight and how they had once stood so very tall

They refused to back down to the very thing, so many before them, had fled

They fought side by side, for something so much larger than any one man, they fought, all for one and one for all

They had each other’s backs; they fought in horrendous conditions, which would leave the most seasoned, shaken

They did it for each other and for all of us, so we would no longer be ruled, but rather, live as we are meant to live - Free

We’ve not always done everything with perfection; but, we’ve given much more, than we’ve ever taken

Things which had always existed, such as conquering and slavery, would come to an end here...no longer to be

The Patriot

Without Putting Up One Helluva Fight

We’ll never know the number of battles which ended, before they could really begin or of the many sacrifices; how many Mothers lost each and every son

We think we know so much, ignorance has such bliss and such sweet appeal

But, we easily take so much for granted, whether it’s a brand new day or the fight for freedom, which is never really, over or done

We go forth with blinders on, with a mix of raw emotion and very little faith, more grounded in - the surreal

I will never apologize for the pride which I take, in this amazing place

this land of opportunity for all, which God commissioned, was to be

If you want to buy into the falsehoods and see her only as...a disgrace

That’s your prerogative; live in knowledge or in denial, but thank God that you live free

If you choose to live in the past, it only hurts you and those you love, in the end

While you see all that is wrong and can never see that which is so very right,

I see you as my countryman, my neighbor, my ally and my friend

But, it must be made crystal clear; it is a majority from all walks of life, who will never surrender their freedom, without putting up, one helluva fight

We are so mighty proud of that very first ragtag Army of ours and of our flag; for all it has been through, all it has endured and for all of the stories, it has yet to tell!

God Bless America!

AB Williams

That Ragged Old Flag

We Take so much for Granted

I wanted to include the words of Johnny Cash's, 'That Ragged Old Flag', I think it is often the case that people will only scan and not peruse an article and will not take the time to watch videos, which have been shared.

Too many people are completely clueless when it comes to our beginning, what our flag represents, throughout our history, but because the words have been used before, I could not include them and had to remove them in order to get this published.

I've included them in the comments section

We are in a crucial time here in this Country, where only negatives seem to begin and end every single conversation.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 03, 2020:

I embrace and cherish our Independence, which was so gallantly and so unselfishly fought for, 244 years ago.

Happy Birthday America!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 17, 2020:

I thought I responded to you Shannon, sorry!

I certainly don't understand much at all about how HP scoring, etc. works!! I am just happy that they finally value me at more than a '24'. :)

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 16, 2020:

THAT RAGGED OLD FLAG

Johnny Cash

I walked through a county courthouse square

On a park bench an old man was sitting there

I said, "Your old courthouse is kinda run down"

He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town"

I said, "Your old flagpole is leaning a little bit

And that's a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging 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 that Francis Scott Key sat watching it, writing, 'Say Can you See'

And it got a bad rip in New Orleans

With Packingham and Jackson tuggin' 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, 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 ours ships upon the briny foam

And now they've about quit waving her back here at home

In her own good land here she's been abused

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

And the government for which she stands

is scandalized throughout the land

And she's getting threadbare and wearing 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, we take her down 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"

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 16, 2020:

You're welcome. Lyrics can be found all over the web. There are several websites that provide the words to songs and Google penalizes for duplicate content in their SEO algorithms. Much like the HP score, I can't ever figure out the exact SEO rules and strategies either.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 15, 2020:

Thank you Shannon. Apparently, I can't include the words to Johnny Cash's 'That Ragged Old Flag', because someone already has. ???

I took it out. :(

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 14, 2020:

Love the last stanza of your poem!

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