Our fathers' God, to Thee, Author of Liberty, To Thee we sing: Long may our land be bright, With freedom's Holy Light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King !!!
An historical version of the 33-star Flag of the USA

Follow these thoughts: What can one do today to memorialize George Washington's Birthday, which should be celebrated on the 22nd, but by government fiat is recognized only on a nearby Monday (this year 2010-15th) ? Perhaps, fly a flag that has 33 stars ! Now the reproduction flags most sold today have a different pattern than the older one we use (see http://www.usflag.org/history/the33starflag.html; see also http://stockholm.usembassy.gov/usflag/flaghist.html). Back then, however, Congress had mandated no official pattern for the stars on a US Flag. It is not the star pattern found at: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/us-1859.html. It was not like the one flown over Fort Sumter: http://www.allstates-flag.com/fotw/flags/us-sumt.html

Oregon, the 33rd state, was added to the Union on February 14, 1859, and the new Flag became official on July 4th of that year and lasted until Kansas was added in 1861. So, this recounting follows:

Flag Day
June 14

On February 22, 1861, Abraham Lincoln, the President-elect, went to Philadelphia to attend a flag raising ceremony. The Nation was in a state of crisis. Seven Southern States were preparing to secede from the Union, and threats had been made on Mr. Lincoln's life. Mr. Lincoln raised a large 34 star flag over Independence Hall. Raising the American flag on this day, George Washington's birthday, over the building in which Americans had declared their independence from England, was a courageous act of faith. It was a bold statement that the Nation created four score and five years earlier would be preserved. http://www.anyflag.com/history/evolut.htm Also check out the different patterns for the 34-star flag: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/us-1861.html

Flag Retirement: Our Page (10/2008) -- Troop 434 Retires Flag in 2000

Flag Resource Links, A WORD document -- a review of our May 2003 Boy Scout Roundtable program. A Longer Version with Ceremony ideas

On June 14, 2002, Americans observed the 225th birthday of the Flag of the United States of America. This day provides for a special time when the Nation can reflect on our rich history and the Flag's meaning to its citizens and people around the world. See Whitehouse.gov/president/american-flag/index.html

Almost 6 years later, on April 18, 2008, the United States Postal Service issued a new set of four definitive stamps, featuring paintings of an American Flag flying at different times of the day. Only one thing wrong with this picture, the evening stamp shows a flag with 14 stripes. More HERE

Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2004 a Proclamation
by the President of the United States of America:

Click on Image
Thanks to J. Andrews
Link has much

The Congress, by joint resolution approved June 9, 1966 (80 Stat. 194), has requested that the President annually proclaim the week in which June 14 falls as National Flag Week, calling upon all citizens of the United States to display the Flag at that time. Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2006: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/06/20060606-3.html

Patriots three

For more flag information go to http://www.troop7.org/Flags/
http://webpages.homestead.com/revwar/files/FLAGS.HTM -- link appears dead
  • Danckert's Flagchart of c. 1710 (this link now restored)

    An outstanding site -- http://www.srcalifornia.com/nav2.htm -- then click on "Flag History" tab -- or
    You may Click on the flags below

    English (pre-Union) Flag 
flew 500 years 
until 1707The British red Ensign 
served as one of the Colonial flags 
also known as the Queen Anne Bunker Hill - 1775 
Liberty Tree was a Traditional 
Massachusetts motif - 
Some versions have red field 
Text from 1710 says this is the New England flagFirst Continental
    The British Union 
(used by public-post 1707) Taunton Gadsden-1775 Sons of Liberty-1775 and Merchant Stripes 
The 1st Continental Navy 
has the snake and 
Don't Tread . . . legend 
See below
    Green Mountain Boys Grand Union approved 1775 
raised 1776 Moultrie -- SC/GA: Some 
versions have LIBERTY on the Blue Field in white Cowpens or the 
Third Maryland Regiment of the Continental Line
also used on boats until 1916
    Somewhat similar to  
Bonhomme Richard flag (1779) - 
flew on Brigantine Lexington-1776 1814 Bennington-1777 
not really 
check link

    Early GA Flag * * *  04/25/03  * * * 
a flag based on history, 
but yet looking to the future

    Displaying and Caring for the Flag of the United States of America

    Lest we forget: http://history1900s.about.com/cs/pearlharbor/index.htm

    As the first ships of the Continental Navy readied in the Delaware River during the fall of 1775, Commodore Esek Hopkins issued a set of fleet signals. His signals for the "whole fleet to engage" the enemy provided for the "Strip'd Jack and Ensign at their proper places." Thus, the First Navy Jack was a flag consisting of 13 horizontal alternating red and white stripes bearing diagonally across them a rattlesnake in a moving position with the motto "Don't Tread On Me."
    In 1977, the Secretary of the Navy directed that the ship in active status with the longest total period of active service should display the first Navy Jack until it was decommissioned or transferred to inactive service, at which time the flag would pass to the next ship in line with appropriate honors.
    USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) became the oldest active ship on Sept. 30, 1998 when the USS Independence decommissioned in Bremerton, Washington. Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer (Surface Warfare) Patrick Higgins of Omaha, Neb., was the Kitty Hawk Sailor who accepted the flag on behalf of his ship during Independence's decommissioning. He brought it back to Japan and Higgins presented the flag to Capt. Samar and the Kitty Hawk during the ceremony. It was officially raised on November 20th, while the ship was berthed in Yokusoka, Japan (see http://www.c7f.navy.mil/news/7frel315.html).
    To commemorate the attack on the USA of September 11th, the Secretary of the Navy, Gordon England, authorized all U.S. Navy ships to fly the "Don't Tread on Me" flag in lieu of the Union Jack to represent a historic reminder of the nation's and Navy's origin and will to persevere and triumph. Navy ships fleet wide commenced flying the first Navy Jack Sept. 11, 2001. There is no "end date" to this policy, which serves as a historic reminder of the United States' and U.S. Navy's origin, as well as the will of its people to persevere and triumph. (from http://www.kittyhawk.navy.mil/dtom.html; see also http://www.c7f.navy.mil/news/2002/9/23.htm).
    A special thanks to a reader of this page for the idea and basic information.

    Edict of Milan (Mediolanum), 313 A.D. -- "We have also conceded to other religions the right of open and free observance of their worship for the sake of the peace of our times, that each one may have the free opportunity to worship as each pleases".
    Seancaraid: It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom -- for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. The Declaration of Arbroath, per communitatem Scocie (April 6, 1320).

    Georgia $20 bill

    On March 21 1775: Voters of St. John's Parish [see map] elected Lyman Hall to represent them at the Second Continental Congress. They acted because the delegates elected by Georgia's provincial congress would not attend because of the "divided loyalties" of Georgia residents. Several years later, loyalist property was being confiscated -- no more tolerance of divided loyalty. The seal from a 1778 $20 bill from Georgia shows a rattlesnake. The financial backing for those bills was loyalist land. On March 1, 1778 Georgia's Whig legislature had passed a law declaring 117 royalists as traitors and confiscating their property.


    The Flag of an Independent Scotland (St. Andrew's Cross) is as old as the pre-Union (St. George's Cross) of England.

    Proctor flag

    Flag of Colonel John Proctor's Battalion, raised in 1775. The "I.B.W.C.P" above the rattlesnake stands for Independent Battalion, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

    The motto on the bill reads "Nemo me impune lacesset," i.e. "No one will provoke me with impunity."
    in reference see http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/tdgh-mar/mar21.htm

    April 27, 1734: John Martin Boltzius was one of two German clergymen selected to accompany the first group of Salzburger emigrants to Georgia. Boltzius felt that God was behind everything that happened to the Salzburgers -- both good and bad. As the following journal entry indicates, he even saw evidence of God's hand in the rattlesnake:

    "A man from this place showed us two unusually large snakes he had shot. They are called rattlesnakes, because they have many rattles on their tail that make a noise like peas in a hollow and dry nutshell. These snakes are dangerous above all others but, because of the kind care of the Creator, they must give people warning with their rattling so that they won't come to close to them. There is a root here that looks like a black hellebore, which is said to be very good for snakebite if some of it is eaten and a piece put on the bite at the same time."

    Source: George Fenwick Jones (ed.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America . . . Edited by Samuel Urlsperger: Volume I, 1733-1734 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1968), p. 80. From http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/tdgh-apr/apr27.htm

    A Brief History of our Flag:

    The “official” history of the "Stars and Stripes" begins in 1777. On June 14, 1777, the new American Congress adopted a resolution, proposed by John Adams, for a unified flag, the ‘thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.’  “We take,” said George Washington, “the star from Heaven, the red from our mother country [Britain], separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.” Congress at first did not specify how the stars would be placed, so that a few versions of the 13 star exist, including the most famous, the ‘Betsy Ross’ circle shown below on this page.
    Traditional thought indicates that the "Stars and Stripes" first flew over Fort Stanwix, on the site of the present city of Rome, New York, on August 3, 1777. It was first under fire three days later in the Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777. On November 1, 1777, the Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones, had sailed from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, first displaying the Stars and Stripes at sea. Enroute to Nantes, the ship captured 2 brigantines, sending them into French ports as prizes -- the first time the new flag presides over combat at sea. On February 14, 1778, the French fleet gave a reply of 9 guns (Admiral La Motte Piquet) in answer to a salute of 13 guns given by John Paul Jones as he entered Quiberon Bay near Brest and Nantes, France. This is the first recognition of the Stars and Stripes given by a foreign power.
    As an aside, from September 30, 1787 - August 10, 1790, the flag is first carried around the world by the Columbia, sailing from Boston. When the Revolutionary War began in 1775, however, many flags were being used by diverse forces throughout the 13 Colonies, a few of which are shown above, with some English (British) predecessors, whose design elements can be seen in the post-colonial flags. "Mouse Over" each for a short description.
    For example the second flag, the "Queen Anne" or "red" Ensign, flew on land and at sea during Colonial times. Because the red flag flew on private (merchant) vessels, it was preferred on the land for non-military usage -- a "white" Ensign belonged to the Royal Navy and the "blue" Ensign was for a vessel in the service of the British government. Actually, this is an oversimplification of the use of the flag colors in the 18th century, usage not being standardized until a British law in 1864. The earlier (pre-1707) flag was an English, not British flag. The royal family first reserved the "Royal Union" flag for itself (this too is an oversimplification of what actually happened see http://www.flaginstitute.org/fiunionflag.htm). Public use generally occurred after the full political union between England and Scotland in 1707. The Royal Union Flag has an interesting, somewhat controversial, history in Canada http://fraser.cc/FlagsCan/Nation/Union.html.
    Striped flags, some red and white striped, are known to have flown on English ships as far back as the 16th century. Indeed, the Grand-Union design of 1775 (second column, third row) is virtually the same as that used by the British East India Company at the time. More specifically, the stripes in the field dated from the mid-17th century (9 stripes), the Canton changing from the St. George (English) Cross to the Flag of the British Union in the 18th century. The flag of Hawaii also shows influence of a later version of the East India standard.
    The history of some Revolutionary flags is not all that well-settled. It is doubtful that the American side carried any flag at Bunker Hill. If so, the flag was more probably red like the New England flag (fourth column, first row). The existence in history books of a "blue" Bunker Hill flag (third column, first row) is thought to arise from a coloring error in an illustration. Specifically, a reference book from 1710 shows a New England flag based on the "blue" Ensign, which looks exactly like that for Bunker Hill. While our Web page shows the generally accepted "Sons of Liberty" flag (fourth column, second row) with horizontal stripes, the only surviving version has 9 vertical stripes. The Bennington Flag (with the "76") supposedly saw battle in 1777, a view disputed by most today.
    The Moultrie flag (blue with quarter moon), while first flown in South Carolina, also is thought to have flown in Georgia; but, most Georgia flags are reported to be of the Rattlesnake design, matching its tenacious Patriots. In addition, when British-occupied Savannah was besieged by combined French and American forces, many of the standards flown were French. The Moultrie flag had several known designs, but what ever the design, it remains one of the first flags flown in a naval engagement (the bombardment of an American fort by English ships). Never-the-less, there are several other "first naval ensigns", such as the Lexington (second column, fourth row) and Culpepper flags (not shown).
    Alas, historians no longer recognize Betsy Ross as the designer of the thirteen star (circle) Flag, despite tradition to the contrary. Francis Hopkinson now receives that distinction. Ross may, however, be credited for having first made one, deciding that a five-sided star was easier to make than a six, but that "factoid" is not really supported by historians either. When, where and how often was her Flag flown? One famous painting shows it with George Washington, crossing the Delaware; but, that is unlikely because the event occurred about 7 months before the Flag was authorized. In his paintings Surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown and Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga, the artist John Trumbull (1756-1843) appears to portray the stars as forming a square along the four edges of the blue canton (with an additional single star in the middle of the canton in the first painting). Later, Archibald Willard added confusion to the arrangement of the stars in his famous painting The Spirit of `76 (originally completed in 1875 for the Centennial Celebration, but with a better-known version painted in 1891 -- other versions circa 1880 and 1912). Finally, a ‘Betsy Ross’ type flag (but with the color of the stripes reversed) is found in the State of Georgia museum. While of much later vintage, it may be based on a Revolutionary War design that is now lost in the original. For further information, please review a concise explanation (and related pages) at: http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/usflag77.htm (from which much of this paragraph is taken).
    April 13, 1777 -- Battle of Bound Brook: Among the actions taking place in New Jersey during the War of American Independence, the Battle of Bound Brook represents an early, though not crushing, defeat of Washington's Troops, still on the rebound from losing New York City to far superior British numbers, even after the surprise at Trenton and later Princeton. Indeed it was these victories that made the British more determined to deliver a set back. Success in the attack came mostly from surprise, but the support of the attack by mercenary forces was crucial. Regular British columns of the day were often spearheaded by German soldiers of fortune, the shock troop Hessians. The picture shows Convivial Hall, site of the Battle of Bound Brook on April 13, 1777.

    This painting by John Ford Clymer was commissioned by the American Cyanamid Company. The company once used the Van Horne House for offices and restored the property in the 1940's. AM-Cy one of the oldest chemical companies in the USA (later part of American Home Products, now part of Badische Aniline & Soda Fabrik (BASF)), was one of the companies that benefited from the breaking of Dupont's explosive monopoly (technically the Powder Trust). Also known for fertilizers, dyestuffs and medicines, you probably know it best for Melmac®. More on John Clymer is HERE. General Washington allegedly unfurled the Stars and Stripes (sewn by Betsy Ross) as the national flag in 1777 on a site overlooking Bound Brook sometime after the battle near June 14th-Flag Day.

    Other Interesting Notes: Thirteen star flags were used on US Navy Boats (as opposed to Ships) from the mid 1860's until 1916. The Flag of the United States is the third oldest of the National standards of the world; older than the current version of the Union Jack of Britain or the Tricolor of France. A similar theme to the `Betsy Ross,' of stars in a circle on a dark-blue field, was adopted by the EC countries in 1955. Moreover, a “Stars and Stripes” with blue, as well as, red and white stripes flew over the command of one of our most famous Naval heroes (John Paul Jones), according to a famous painting depicting an event in 1779. Because an official Flag was first authorized by the Congress on June 14, 1777, this date is now observed as Flag Day throughout America (see below).
    The white and black Flag (above) is the banner of Britanny. While the colors (13th century Kroaz Du (Black Cross on white field)) and Capetian ermines (things that look like stars) are traditional for this celtic region of France, the design comes from 1925. It bears a striking resemblance to the US Flag. The black stripes represent the five Gaulish (French-speaking) dioceses of the region and the white stripes the traditional Breton-speaking dioceses. When first designed, it was controversial as a symbol of Breton nationalism (Breizh Atao); but today it is accepted and flown everywhere within the province. The design shown is one of several as there is no "standard" vis a vis dimensions or ermine shape. Click here for a larger version.

    D-Day Link: http://www.americandday.org/
    and HERE

    September 17th is Constitution Day

    On September 17, 1787, at exactly 4 PM,  EST, the Founding Fathers adjourned the Constitutional Convention. Only one item of business occupied the agenda that day, to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. see: http://www.thisnation.com/library/madison/september-17.html. Every year this date is celebrated as Constitution Day.


    ...We The People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this, Constitution for the United States of America.

    In 1818 Congress enacted a statute finally fixing the style and pattern of the general flag of the country as we know it today. In order to show proper respect:

    • It should not be hoisted before sunrise nor allowed to remain up after sunset [without proper lighting].

    • At ‘retreat’ sunset, civilian spectators should stand at attention....

    • When the national colors pass by on parade or review, the spectators should, if walking, halt, and if sitting rise and stand at attention, men uncovering their heads.

    • On Memorial Day, May 30th, the flag should fly at half mast from sunrise until noon, and full staff from noon to sunset.

    {The above taken from  The Official Handbook For Boys, Boy Scouts of America, pp 340-341 (1911)}

    Hurry before this goes away: http://filebox.vt.edu/users/bharper/pics/jambo.html

    J.W. Howe is the answer; 
now what is the question? 
 -- hint: click flag

    Flag Day History

    The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.
    More Flag info at: http://www.usemb.se/Holidays/celebrate/flagday.html
    Inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. THE NATIONAL FLAGDAY FOUNDATION, INC. Its Web address: flagday.org

    Flag Code and much more, in detail --
    Flag Day for Girl Scouts

    Bugle Calls
    http://www.usscouts.org/mb/bugle_calls.html -- http://www.fortnet.org/~meh/scouts/bugle/
    http://www.fma-alumni.org/bugle_calls.html -- learn the calls

    My Country, 'Tis of Thee

    Melody - England, 18th century
    1-2:Samuel Francis Smith; 3-4:Henry van Dyke

    1. My country, 'tis of thee,
    Sweet land of liberty,
    Of thee I sing:
    Land where my father's died,
    Land of the pilgrims' pride,
    From ev'ry mountainside
    Let freedom ring!

    2. My native country thee,
    Land of the noble free,
    Thy name I love:
    I love thy rocks and rills,
    Thy woods and templed hills;
    My heart with rapture thrills
    Like that above.

    3. Let music swell the breeze,
    And ring from all the trees
    Sweet freedom's song:
    Let mortal tongues awake;
    Let all that breathe partake;
    Let rocks their silence break,
    The sound prolong.

    4. Our fathers' God, to Thee,
    Author of liberty,
    To Thee we sing:
    Long may our land be bright
    With freedom's holy light;
    Protect us by Thy might,
    Great God, our King!

    O Beautiful . . . .(America)
    by Katharine Lee Bates / Samuel A. Ward

    O beautiful for spacious skies,
    For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountain majesties
    Above the fruited plain!
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea!

    O beautiful for pilgrim feet
    Whose stem impassioned stress
    A thoroughfare for freedom beat
    Across the wilderness!
    America! America!
    God mend shine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self-control,
    Thy liberty in law!

    O beautiful for heroes proved
    In liberating strife.
    Who more than self the country loved
    And mercy more than life!
    America! America!
    May God thy gold refine
    Till all success be nobleness
    And every gain divine!

    O beautiful for patriot dream
    That sees beyond the years
    Thine alabaster cities gleam
    Undimmed by human tears!
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea!

    O beautiful for halcyon skies,
    For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountain majesties
    Above the enameled plain!
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    Till souls wax fair as earth and air
    And music-hearted sea!

    O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
    Whose stem impassioned stress
    A thoroughfare for freedom beat
    Across the wilderness!
    America ! America !
    God shed his grace on thee
    Till paths be wrought through
    wilds of thought
    By pilgrim foot and knee!

    O beautiful for glory-tale
    Of liberating strife
    When once and twice,
    For man's avail
    Men lavished precious life !
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    Till selfish gain no longer stain
    The banner of the free!

    O beautiful for patriot dream
    That sees beyond the years
    Thine alabaster cities gleam
    Undimmed by human tears!
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    Till nobler men keep once again
    Thy whiter jubilee!


    Yankee Doodle -- anonymous

    Father and I went down to camp,
    Along with Cap'n Goodwin,
    And there we saw the men and boys,
    As thick as hasty puddin'!

    Yankee Doodle, keep it up,
    Yankee Doodle dandy,
    Mind the music and the step,
    And with the girls be handy!

    And there we see a thousand men,
    As rich as Squire David;
    And what they wasted ev'ry day,
    I wish it could be saved.

    And there I see a swamping gun,
    Large as a log of maple,
    Upon a deuced little cart,
    A load for father's cattle.

    And every time they shoot it off,
    It takes a horn of powder,
    And makes a noise like father's gun,
    Only a nation louder.

    I went as nigh to one myself,
    As 'Siah's underpinning;
    And father went as nigh ag'in,
    I thought the deuce was in him.

    We saw a little barrel, too,
    The heads were made of leather;
    They knocked upon it with little clubs,
    And called the folks together.

    And there they'd fife away like fun,
    And play on cornstalk fiddles,
    And some had ribbons red as blood,
    All bound around their middles.

    The Troopers, too, would gallop up
    And fire right in our faces;
    It scared me almost to death
    To see them run such races.
    Yankee Doodle, keep it up,
    Yankee Doodle dandy,
    Mind the music and the step,
    And with the girls be handy!

    Oh say! Can you see . . . .
    (The National Anthem)
    by Francis Scott Key
    on September 14-15, 1814

    Oh say! Can you see, by the dawns early light,
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming?
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight
    O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
    Oh, say does that Star-spangled Banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore, dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
    Where the foes haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
    In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
    Tis the Star-spangled Banner, oh, long may it wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
    Between their lov'd homes and the wars desolation!
    Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued-land
    Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto, "In God is our trust!"
    And the Star-spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    More songs for this time

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    by Henry Holcomb Bennett
    (Dec. 5, 1863 - April 30, 1924)

    Hats off!
    Along the street there comes
    A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
    A flash of color beneath the sky;
    Hats Off!
    The Flag is passing by!
    Blue and crimson and white it shines,
    Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines.
    Hats off!
    The Colors before us fly;
    But more than the Flag is passing by.
    Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,
    Fought to make and to save the State:
    Weary marches and sinking ships;
    Cheers of victory on dying lips;
    Days of plenty and years of peace;
    March of a strong land's swift increase;
    Equal justice, right, and law,
    Stately honor and reverend awe;
    Sign of a nation, great and strong
    Toward her people from foreign wrong:
    Pride and glory and honor, . . . all
    Live in the colors to stand or fall.
    Hats off!
    Along the street there comes
    A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums;
    And loyal hearts are beating high:
    Hats off!
    The Flag is passing by!

    An Introduction to Scouting Songs
      Oh, Columbia, the gem of the ocean,
    The home of the brave and the free,
    The shrine of each patriot's devotion,
    A world offers homage to thee.
    Thy mandates make heroes assemble,
    When Liberty's form stands in view,
    Thy banners make tyranny tremble,
    When borne by the red, white and blue.

    When borne by the red, white and blue,
    When borne by the red, white and blue,
    Thy banners make tyranny tremble,
    When borne by the red, white and blue.


    When war wing'd its wide desolation,
    And threatened the land to deform,
    The ark then of freedom's foundation,
    Columbia, rode safe thro' the storm,
    With the garlands of vict'ry around her,
    When so proudly she bore her brave crew,
    With her flag proudly floating before her,
    The boast of the red, white and blue. . . .
    verse 3


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