A Toast to the Flag, by John Jay Daly

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  1. Bro Mike

    Bro Mike Registered User

    RW T.K. Anthony delivered this toast yesterday, during our Installation of Officers. It was memorable and moving, so I thought I would share.

    "Toast to the Flag", by John Jay Daly

    Here's to the red of it -

    There's not a thread of it,

    No, nor a shred of it

    In all the spread of it

    From foot to head,

    But heroes bled for it,

    Faced steel and lead for it,

    Precious blood shed for it,

    Bathing it red!

    Here's to the white of it-

    Thrilled by the sight of it,

    Who knows the right of it

    But feels the might of it

    Through day and night?

    Womanhood's care for it

    Made manhood dare for it,

    Purity's prayer for it

    Keeps it so white!

    Here's to the blue of it -

    Beauteous view of it,

    Heavenly hue of it,

    Star-spangled dew of it

    Constant and true;

    Diadems gleam for it,

    States stand supreme for it,

    Liberty's beam for it

    Brightens the blue!!

    Here's to the whole of it -

    Stars, stripes and pole of it,

    Body and soul of it,

    O, and the roll of it,

    Sun shining through;

    Hearts in accord for it,

    Swear by the sword for it,

    Thanking the Lord for it,

    Red, White and Blue.

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