I am Your Flag

March 18, 2003

I am Your Flag.  I am the symbol of the living America, the badge of its greatness, the emblem of its destiny.

I am faith.  It is I who keep men mindful of their priceless heritage, life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness.

I am hope.  I represent the land of promise wherein, already, man's loftiest dreams have approached closer to realization than ever before on this earth.

I am life.  Each strand and fiber of my being is a memorial, dedicated to the sacrifices of all those strong men and steadfast women who have lived and died in the nation's service, that it might live forever.

I am tolerance.  So long as I shall wave, all people under my protection may freely worship, think, write and speak, undaunted by the shadow of fear.

I am justice, tempered with mercy.  For I am friend to the oppressed and downtrodden of every land.

I am a sign of the future.  I wave over schools throughout the nation and in them the nation's future is molded.

I am the flag of the United States…the last…the best hope for peace on earth.

Our flag is a powerful symbol which embodies the values and principles of this great nation, the same values and principles found in the Scout oath and law.  It is these enduring values which govern the actions and deeds of men and give our great nation its strength.  When we break faith with these values, we tear at the fabric of our flag and ultimately the nation itself.  As you travel home this evening, ask yourself, "How will I keep faith with my flag?"

Good night, gentlemen.