Isn’t there some sort of sappy song about September? All I know is I like September. Ushering in Fall, Autumn, the only season with two names and changing the weather to a more tolerable haze of T-shirts and comfy shoes. Oh and by the way, here’s the September Calendar to plan your Eagles outings.
The Dog Days of Summer
What a summer it has been! Lets keep it rolling. The Eagles is back in a great way and we’re all working hard to keep our wonderful Aerie current, fun, and thriving. Come on down and support your Eagles Aerie this month by participating in all of our great events and functions.
Happy Independence Day Eagles!!! Here’s a little poem about our great nation’s flag.
I am the flag of the United States of America
My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America’s halls of justice.
I fly majestically over great institutes of learning.
I stand guard with the greatest military power in the world.
Look up! And see me!
I stand for peace, honor, truth, and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident . . . I am arrogant.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,
my head is a little higher,
my colors a little truer.
I bow to no one.
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped.
I am saluted.
I am respected.
I am revered. I am loved.
And I am feared.
I have fought every battle of every war for more than 200 years…
Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomatox, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, the beaches of Normandy,
the deserts of Africa, the cane fields of the Philippines,
the rice paddies and jungles of Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam,
and a score of places long forgotten by all but those who were with me.
I was there!
I led my soldiers.
I followed them.
I watched over them…
They loved me.I was on a small hill in Iwo Jima.
I was dirty, battle-worn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me,
and I was proud.
I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries
I have helped set free.
It does not hurt . . . for I am invincible.
I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country,
and when it is by those with whom I have served in battle . . . it hurts.
But I shall overcome . . . for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stand watch over the uncharted new frontiers of space
from my vantage point on the moon.
I have been a silent witness to all of America’s finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips to be used for bandages
for my wounded comrades on the field of battle.
when I fly at half mast to honor my soldiers…
and when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother at the graveside of her fallen son.
I am proud.
My name is Old Glory.
Dear God . . . Long may I wave!
SMSgt. Don S. Miller, USAF (Ret.)
Copyright © 1983
Relisted January 9, 2009 Author’s Note… “My Name is Old Glory” was my way of remembering my brother,
Gunnery Sergeant John F. Miller, US Marine Corps.
Editor’s Note… USA Patriotism! has confirmed through the US Copyright office and other
documents that Don Miller is the author of “My Name is Old Glory” regardless of who
might be listed as the author elsewhere.
Poem Courtesy of: www.usa-patriotism.com
Bikers Against Diabetes – B.A.D.
This year’s B.A.D. ride was another success. Thanks to the organization of our very own Becky Williamson and her shining team of Eagle Riders the 6th Annual B.A.D. Ride was a stellar event. The Poker Run is an event to raise funds for the Community Hospital Diabetes Foundation; being one of the many Charities the Eagle Aerie 595 is involved with yearly. Thank you to all who attended and we hope to see you next year.
May Flowers and Eagles Party Hours
The month for our mothers is here! Did you know that the Eagles are responsible for Mother’s Day? Frank E. Hering a past Grand Worthy President proposed a “national day to honor our mothers”. In 1914 the U.S. Congress requested a Presidential Proclamation to designate the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
This month we have Jr. Eagles dinner, a cornhole tournament, all you can eat spaghetti, and installation of officers. Come out and enjoy these and many other festivities for the month.