I'm proud to be a U.S. flag and fly with dignity..
Because my freedom wasn't won, without hostility.
0h may I plead, come fly with me, look out across the sky..
And if you will, I promise you that I'll try not to cry.
My job is flying ev'ry day for all the world to see.
I represent the gallant men that all through history..
Marched out from hallowed pages when the trouble did ensue
And if you knew them, like I did, you'd fight the tears back, too.
For they sang, we won't be back until it's over, over there.
They planted many memories that I would like to share.
I felt such pride that day at Wake, I flew there for awhile
Was raised against tremendous odds on Iwo Jima Isle.
I've flown half mast at places like Corregidor, Battan.
Men scaled the cliffs at Normandy to bear my colors on.
Pearl Harbor taught this land of ours no liberty is free.
I wept o'er ev'ry battlefield and know that victory,
Is bought with sweat and blood and tears or traded for the slain..
But I proclaim to all the world, they did not die in vain.
I flew at ev'ry major front to honor Uncle Sam.
Korea had it's heroes too, and so did Vietnam.
Marines were slain in Lebanon to raise involvement fear
But if we don't fight over there, they'll bring it over here.
If I could know just what it was that reared courageously
To leave behind heroic deeds that carved out history.
Just what it was inside of them that overcame their fear.
What made them leave the homes they loved and families held dear.
What made these men lay down their lives to stem the tide of war.
For now they rest beyond the blue upon the golden shore.
For in the air, on land or sea, great courage did prevail
But many names, may God forgive were lost upon the trail.
It reads unknown, upon their cross, they rest beneath the sod
Tho' we may never know their names, their names are known to God.
I'm sure that God himself told ev'ry man "well done"
And comforted each mother's heart who sacrificed a son.
My vigilance will never end above your hallowed dead..
Who gave their very best, their lives and then marched on ahead.
For ev'ry soldier I have known, may I salute you sir..
For I was there the day you fell and know how brave you were
And so I fly around the world for ev'ry soldiers' sake
But wonder how much more of this my broken heart can take.
I'm much much more than just a flag that decorates a pole..
I am the faith, the hope and love within the G.I. soul..
And if a flag could really talk here's what this flag would say
To ev'ry soldier laid to rest "COME FLY WITH ME
WRITTEN BY A MEMBER OF ELKS LODGE 2358
KERN RIVER VALLEY, CA