Throwback Theme Song Thursday:) You’re A Grand Old Flag

10 Sep

I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.

John Thune

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The other day, someone posted a picture of the original flag from the battle of Iwo Jima that is on display in Quantico, Virginia. It was worn and tattered, but it is kept in honor in the National Marine Museum. I commented that I have an old hand-painted and autographed flag with the emblem from my father’s unit that he brought home from the Philippines after WWII.

Just as the famous Iwo Jima flag is honored, I also treasure this flag that had seen battle, sacrifice, and loss of life. My father never really talked much about the war, understandably so. But, I’m sure this old flag could tell some stories. I thought I’d share it with you today. I’m guessing it’s nearly 80 years old now.

You’re a Grand Old Flag…
Signatures and home towns from the guys he served with.
I’m pretty sure most of the soldiers who scrawled their names on this handmade canvas flag are gone now. But, as long as someone treasures this old flag, their memory continues. 🇺🇸

3 Responses to “Throwback Theme Song Thursday:) You’re A Grand Old Flag”

  1. GP September 10, 2021 at 10:48 am #

    This is outstanding, Toni!! How terrific is it that your Dad thought to put this together!

  2. Cheryl Barron September 10, 2021 at 12:18 pm #

    This brings tears to my eyes. I see the names &where they were from. They missed home something fiercely and the bunch of strangers they served with became family. I think of how the Phillipines were subjected to the Batan Death March by the Japenese. I think of how they never lost faith..to this day.
    Are you going to try to copy the names before the ink fades? This is so full of humanity. Pardon ,I need a tissue😩

    • toniandrukaitis September 13, 2021 at 4:36 am #

      Cheryl, yes, pretty sad. They were just boys. I am going to try and copy the names and hometowns. Excellent idea. Thanks. Some names are fading or ink bleeding. It is a very special treasure.

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