Once upon a darkened night with thunder all around, not
from clouds of rain and storm, but explosions that shook the ground.
Once upon such nights and days, the masses made their stand, to purge the ranks of tyranny and oppression from this land.
The advances that they made back then have earned us
what we call rights,
and keeping these alive and well has required yet other fights.
Ages hence in battles waged to keep our nation safe,
to enunciate our freedom, and to sanctify this place,
again the many devoted men have joined together in arms,
standing between what we call home, and the forces that wish us harm.
With a sacrifice of blood and life they have paid for
our every convenience,
they have given to us the measures with which we declare our independence.
The risks that many have taken just to keep us safe at
the service they have given us in each and every fight.
The losses they have sustained for us in the presence
of every threat,
compare those to the freedoms and the peace that we have kept.
Not once could we imagine such the pains that they have
nor could the many lives that were lost be ever near replaced.
The costs which they have afforded for us through the
battles they have waged,
in no time on this earth could such a debt ever be repaid.
These men, and even women stood for all that we hold
and even now they stand for us that we might not live in fear.
The nations around us that would come to take our freedom
while we sleep,
our heroes stand and face their peril, knowing not what it may reap.
The nation that they fight for, the land for which they
One Nation UNDER GOD we pledge, for us they do this deed.
Standing for the freedom, and the symbols that we revere,
The Banner of our Union, its meaning ever clear.
They have fought and still they do to give us what we
an Eagle that flies, a Banner that waves, and a Lady with torch in hand,
a Bell that rings our Freedom, and a land to call our home, This Land of the Free,
this home of the Brave, this country that stands alone.
When they marched into battle, or stood strong on their
the thoughts that kept them faithful are the ones that we should host.
They pledged their sworn allegiance, and by God, they
They fought for God and Country, and through that faith they won.
For all that they have sacrificed, and all that we have
surely we can stand together and recite the same refrain.
If nothing more than out of respect for the reasons that
they stood up,
We The People should feel that these sacred words are not said enough.
The flag of our nation has flown in this land for as
long as weve been free,
and we owe it all to the men and women who died for you and me.
This flag has bought with a price of pain what we might
take for granted,
but that cost should confirm the loyalty that we must devote this banner.
The stars and stripes of red, white, and blue, that stream
this magnificent figure,
are there to declare the statements that we all must forever remember
From the halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli,
America the Beautiful stands true and proud and free,
What majestic songs are heard by all from sea to shining
Our songs of Independence lain with shouts of victory.
Let freedom ring, and ring so loud that all will know
let all within our sacred land be filled with pride and rejoice.
We the people of the United States must stand together
and enforce the values that make us free for each and every youth.
Yes, that means to stand and state in a strong and powerful
that the pledge of allegiance to our great flag be recited in schools today.
Without this pledge we do not stand for the traits of
this great nation,
and should not claim the rights to that which we refuse to mention.
To all who wish to love this land and the freedom that
the least we can do is with reverence remember the many that gave their lives.
To partake of the rights we seek, we surely
were required to observe the very processes that declare us a part of this land.
How can I say that I am free, if I will not pledge to
How can I belong to the American nation, if my loyalty is not intact?
I pledge thee my allegiance, oh my sovereign land of
I commit my spirit, my mind, my body, to all that you ask of me.
For you I will give of myself that my brothers and sisters
For you I will even give up my life, if it means that your people survive.
This is the dept I owe to you for giving me all that
This is the reverence I have for you that youve blessed me with freedom alone.
I pledge to your flag, and for that which it stands,
A Republic Under God.
I pledge to the indivisible nation, with Liberty and Justice for all.
I pledge to the many that came before me to grant me
that all of my life I will think on their deeds in reverent sincere remembrance.
To all who would join me in making this pledge I give
you my utmost regard,
for you are the patriots, the blood of this land, and we share the same grateful heart.
Travis M. Rosen
July 3, 2002