Ellis Island Flag + July 4th.


While I was in NYC with my friends, we spent some time at Ellis Island.  We got to walk the same floors that immigrants walked as they began their new lives.  The flag was a quiet reminder of why they sailed across the seas.


The Flag
Author: Baxter Black
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the flag
That flew over Valley Forge
Was torn in two by the gray and the blue
And bled through two world wars.

I give you the flag that burned in the street
In protest, in anger and shame,
The very same flag that covered the men
Who died defending her name.

We now stand together, Americans all,
Either by choice or by birth
To honor the flag that’s flown on the moon
And changed the face of the earth.

History will show this flag stood a friend
To the hungry, the homeless and lost
That a mixture of men as common as clay
Valued one thing beyond cost.

And they’ve signed it in blood from Bunker Hill
To Saigon and Toko Ri.
I give you the flag that says to the world
Each man has a right to be free.

All writing *excluding poem* and photos property of LoneStarLifer 2010.

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Moody Monday.


A different skyline.

A different skyline.

This is late, but I was remembering 9/11 this past Friday.  So today’s Moody Monday is  in remembrance of those who perished.  Those who rushed into the Towers to help others and never came out.  Those who went down fighting.  Those who kissed their spouse goodbye as they left for work, not knowing it was the last time.  Those of us who lost a little innocence that day. 

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This was on the wall of a fire station near our hotel in NYC.

In memory of firefighters lost on 9/11.  Near our hotel in NYC.

The station near our NYC hotel lost several firefighters.

 

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

Happy Birthday, America!


Standing at the feet of liberty

Standing at the feet of liberty

 

“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. ” 
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

 

She stands tall

She stands tall

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

Hanging in the Ellis Island hall where many came to their new home

Hanging in the Ellis Island hall where many came to their new home

 

**God Bless America by Irving Berlin
**You’re a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan
**I took these pictures on a trip to New York City in May, 2007.  That’s a story for another time.
****photos copyright Paula Parks May 2007