A Day for Flags - Dick Raymond's June Poem



14 June, the Flag's and Army's Birthday

In seventeen hundred seventy-five,

George Washington took command

Of a ragtag, bobtail gaggle of troops,

A rowdy and raucous band.

On Dorchester Heights he raised a flag,

"Grand Union" they called it then,

With a Union Jack in the place of stars,

Uninspiring to Minute Men.

So a proper new flag was voted upon,

Thirteen stripes of red and white,

With a crown of stars in a field of blue,

For a cheering and rousing sight.

Some claim Betsy Ross made our first brave flag,

'Twas but legend, the skeptics say—

Yet millions of patriots beam with pride

To salute it, upon this day!


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