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‘You’re A Grand Old Flag’

June 3, 2011 by  

‘You’re A Grand Old Flag’

When’s the last time you heard (or better yet, sung) the lyrics to George M. Cohan’s marvelous tribute to the country he loved?

“You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.”

Tell the truth now: Didn’t your pulse start beating a little faster, didn’t you sit up a little straighter, didn’t you feel a surge of pride in your country, just by reading those wonderful words?

Sure, you did.

The song has a fascinating history.  Here’s how the Library of Congress explains how it came to be:

“The original lyric for this perennial George M. Cohan favorite came, as Cohan later explained, from an encounter he had with a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. The two men found themselves next to each other and Cohan noticed the vet held a carefully folded but ragged old flag. The man reportedly then turned to Cohan and said, ‘She’s a grand old rag.’ Cohan thought it was a great line and originally named his tune ‘You’re a Grand Old Rag.’”

Wow, that sure doesn’t have the same patriotic sizzle, does it? One hundred and five years ago, a whole bunch of people thought so, too. The Library of Congress explanation continues:

“So many groups and individuals objected to calling the flag a ‘rag,’ however, that he ‘gave ’em what they wanted’ and switched words, renaming the song ‘You’re a Grand Old Flag.’”

Thanks, Cohan, that’s more like it.

The public heard the song for the very first time when Cohan’s musical “George Washington, Jr.” debuted on February 6, 1906, at the Herald Square Theater in New York City. Patrons left the theater singing the tune and promptly made it the most popular song in our history. Sheet-music sales alone surpassed 1 million copies — the equivalent of going quadruple-platinum today.

While the song has remained a huge hit for more than 100 years, the musical in which it first appeared has almost totally disappeared. I could not find any indication that “George Washington, Jr.” has been performed anywhere in the past 50 years. That’s too bad, because the plot sounds as though it would make a good TV drama today.

It concerns a U.S. Senator who wants a niece to “marry up.” So he’s arranged a marriage with a man who claims to be of European royalty. However, the Senator’s teenage son discovers the so-called count is not only a fake, but an international criminal. After much travail, the son saves his father’s reputation and his cousin’s virtue. Hurrah!

OK, I’ll grant you, it does sound a bit hackneyed and clichéd. So forget about that musical. Instead, I have another one I want to recommend to you: A classic black-and-white movie about the guy who wrote the play. It’s called “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” And if you’ve never seen it, you must.

This is the delightful and infectious movie that Hollywood made in 1942 about Cohan’s legendary life. As you can imagine, coming just as World War II was getting underway, the film bursts with patriotism.

To the surprise of many, America’s favorite gangster, James Cagney, was cast in the starring role. And what an incredible hoofer he turned out to be! If you’ve never seen Cagney singing and dancing, you’ll be amazed how good he is.

His colleagues in Hollywood agreed, because they gave him the Best Actor Oscar for 1942. The film also won Oscars for Best Musical Score and Best Sound Recording. It was nominated in five other categories. Imagine, there was a time when Hollywood honored patriotism. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

The film is a winner. But don’t take my word for it. Instead, go to your local video store and rent it. Or better yet, go to Amazon.com and buy a copy. If you have a drop of patriotic blood in your body, you will love it, too. And you will want to enjoy it again and again.

But believe it or not, watching “Yankee Doodle Dandy” isn’t my No. 1 recommendation for celebrating your patriotism. For that, I have an even simpler suggestion: Fly the flag. And especially, fly the flag a week from Tuesday, on Flag Day.

Why June 14? That is the day in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as our national flag. Flag Day was first proclaimed by former President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Strangely, Congress did not officially proclaim Flag Day for 33 years; it was not until August 1949 that National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day is not a national holiday. But it is a State holiday in Pennsylvania. Good for you, Pennsylvanians.

I was not home for the Memorial Day weekend, as any of you who have read this week’s Chip Shots already know. (If you’re not familiar with this weekly collection of tidbits, it appears at the bottom of each Friday’s issue of Personal Liberty Digest™. Check it out.)

But I did make arrangements with a neighbor to make certain our flag was proudly flying. Just as he did with his own flag, Dale put mine up every morning and carefully and respectfully took it down at dusk. (No comments from the peanut gallery, please, about Chip having a neighbor named Dale. No, we do not dress up as cartoon characters on Halloween.)

OK, that’s enough about flags and patriotism for today. But you can be confident I’ll be beating this drum again and again. For now, I’m going to turn off the computer and turn on the DVD player, so I can queue up “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

Hope you’ll soon be doing the same. Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Jana

    Great Post Chip.
    I loved it. It is always fun to learn the history of things, and this was no exception.

  • Michael J.

    Hello Chip, and thanks,
    It’s Flag day every day at my house, same as it was at my parents before me. Both my parents served in the military during WWII and is consequently the reason myself and my siblings are here. My dad participated in the Normandy invasion and was among the troops surrounded by the Germans in Bastogne until Patton came to the rescue. After the allies defeated Hitler, my father was sent to Kansas to await deployment to the Pacific. While in Kansas he met my mother who was a WAC (Women’s Army Corp.). If Truman had not dropped the bomb, I probably wouldn’t be here today.

    After the war, my parents got married and had four children in the spirit of The American Dream. A well worn vinyl LP record of George M. Cohan’s greatest hits was played on holidays, birthdays and sometimes for no special reason at all. By the time I was 10, I knew every word by heart and like most kids thought that America was the best and was undefeatable.

    I feel we were blessed with the pride of knowing that we lived in a country that strived for exceptionalism. Todays children have no such base from which to build from and are instead plagued by the paralytic indecision that comes from Political Correctness, which has deprived them from obtaining a moral compass. Sad.

    • jbird

      Dear Michael J.
      I would love to hear your dad’s story about Bastogne. I read Stephen Ambrose’s “Band of Brothers,” and the guys he talked to said they didn’t feel they needed rescuing and kind of resented Patton for crowing about coming to their aid. One of the greatest lines I ever read came from one of the 101st guys as they went toward Bastogne before the Battle of the Bulge. As they went in to relieve the troops who had been there, one of the guys coming out told them they didn’t want to go in there because they would be surrounded. One of them replied (paraphrasing): “Son, we’re paratroopers. We’re always surrounded.”

      • Michael J.

        jbird,
        Unfortunately, my father passed away in 1990. The strong silent type, he didn’t reveal much about his time in the war except to my older brother who is planning to someday publish our fathers experiences. I do remember his comments about Patton being mixed with admiration and guarded disdain, reffering with a half-hearted grin to the General as “Ole Blood-n-Guts”.

    • Al Sieber

      Michael J, my dad was there too.

      • Michael J.

        Al Sieber,
        It’s now our responsibility to make sure their sacrifices were not made in vane.

        • Kate8

          Michael J. – My dad was the same way. He never talked about the war, or much else, either. But he was the best man I ever knew.

          During the VietNam war, Dad was angry with me because I opposed it. “My country, right or wrong”, he’d say. Of course, he had no idea of the things we now know, but he did know that he fought along side others who died, for love of country.

          My eldest daughter was the only one he ever spoke to of it, and that was right before he died. They seemed to share a special bond.

          How I miss him.

          • http://donthaveone Beberoni

            My view of the flag is for people like him, who served this country, and for those who gave all. To honor it, is to honor them. What I am doing now, sitting here and typing, would not be possible if not for our veterans, and those fighting today, to keep us free. I proudly fly my flag, as a respect to those, who have given freedom to all of us here in these United States of America.

          • Dan az

            Kate
            He sounds like a true patriot.Mine was in the 101 air borne and signed me up when I was 17 seven days after high school.If it wasn’t for him I probably would be dead along time ago.If he were here today he would probably be here writing along with us.

          • April

            Ohh Kate8, Your story brought tears to my eyes. Your Daddy sounds like a wonderful man. It is nice to see a bond between your parents and your child like that. Our parents have so much wisdom to offer our children; and our children have so much love and appreciation to offer especially when we are blessed with the family ties that your family seems to have. Thank you for sharing. Smiles

        • Al Sieber

          Michael J, I’m with you on that, and all the other vets also.

      • http://GOGGLE vaksal

        TO Al sieber my dad served under patton in north africa and sicily and said he was the real deal,a front line leader not a desk jockey,my dad said the troops trusted him and he waved and lived and died by the american flag. let it fly proudly forever over this great republic.

        • Al Sieber

          vaksal, my Dad was,in N. Africa, Italy, and the European Campaign and was stuck at the battle of the bulge but what we’re facing now could be really bad. but we’ll make out good, or make a good shot at it, we won’t lose. when the money starts going south and they start cutting all the social programs then you’ll know, because people won’t now how to survive. I work in geology and gold mining, but gold is so high it’s hard to sell on the black market anymore for cash. buy food, lead, etc. that’s where it’s at. and plant a garden too, this depression coming is gonna make the last one look like a walk in the park. I think they’ll try and keep Obama in for a second term, make it look good.

    • http://personalliberty.com frank

      Michael J. your view on the flag was great and it struck a chord in my heart. We knew all the words to those songs (Over there) is another Cohan favorite. I pray that our nation turns away from anti USA ways and the schools start teaching these songs in elementary schools again.Stop turning socialist teachers out of the colleges!.

      • Michael J.

        frank,
        Thanks for the kind words. I hope so too, though my optimism is wearing thin.

      • Wayne937

        Frank, first to do that, we need to get rid of the ACLU, the Liberal Judges, and people within our government who are trying to destroy our way of life. We don’t have the true patriotisn we had during WW2. It is a shame we have lost that with our younger generations. Patriotism starts at home. It should then continue while our kids are in school. We need to instill it again, but I don’t know how we would ever do that since so many of our older generation that has bravely served our country are dying off.

      • Al Sieber

        frank, I hope it comes back again also.

    • Old Henry

      Michael J”

      Good post. My dad did not go into the Army until 1944 as he had what was considered a critical job at a steel / wire mill. After Basic he was ent to Okinawa in the “clean-up”. He did not talk much about it, but what he did tell me sounded horrific. He too was put in the line-up for the invasion of the Japs homeland and he told me they were predicting at least one million American casualities. They were all very glad Truman did what he did to end the war. I never heard any expression of remorse for the dead Japs. They started it. We finished it. End of story.

      As with you, I and my two younger sisters most likely would not be here had it not been for Truman’s actions.

      • Michael J.

        Old Henry,
        In WWII, everyone had a job to do, whether it be here or overseas. Like a well oiled machine the country worked together to defeat the Axis Empires. If the nation was still possessed of such solidarity, the tyranny that confronts us today would not be possible. It took decades of covert planning and manipulation to bring us to where we are today. The cowards responsible would rather do their fighting undercover of lies and deceit. Pathetic whiners who endlessly propandize over mythical Global Warming and Green Conservation served up on a plate laden with Political Correctness.

        If we all were to stand as one, these sniveling parasites would run away like frightened children pee-ing themselves.

        • Michael J.

          OOPS, Meant to say propagandized.

      • Wayne937

        Well put, Old henry. I have never objected to using the A-Bomb for saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. I have a brother who served in WW2 from 1942 to the duratiion of the war. If i had not been for the brave men and women we would not be living in a free country like we have now. This is the reason we need to change our current administration.

  • http://aol Bill

    Is there a stigma about Vietnam Veterans or something? Is it because Americans are ashamed of us because we are the first Americans to lose a war? I’m a 70 year old crippled disabled Viet vet marine with 27 months in combat, with a silver star, a bronze, and three purple hearts, and I was served with a red tag, the day after memoral day, 5 miles out of the small town of Antioch, Illinois, in an unincorporated area, because I had 4 boats hidden in the back of my yard, whereas I found out I’m only allowed to have two. Also way in back a few places the grass was about 10 inches long because of all the rain and heat. They said my grass must be less or I could be fined. I got 10 days or be fined $500. I’ve had it. If I could go back 40 years I’d run off to Canada to escape Ameracas war of conquest.

    • Reconranger

      Bill, In reply to your statement, we did not lose the war. I, too served as a Marine. I was with 1st Bn. 5th Mar. Regiment. I, along with other Viet Nam vets, am proud that I served there. Yes, we may have been beaten back several times in all of our battles, skirmishes, and encounters with our enemies, but in nearly all we regrouped and overcame. During Tet of 1969, my home base in An Hoa came under its heaviest attack ever. During three days of intense fighting, much of it hand to hand and with the enemy penetrating our base perimeter three times, we repulsed the enemy once and for all. After the engagement, we counted over two thousand North Vietnamese regulars wounded or dead. When we finally pulled out of Viet Nam, we were winning, but due to public outcry to vacate and give up the war, we left. Please, hold your head up high with pride and never again feel that we lost the war just because all of the returning vets were treated with outrageous indignity. Thank you for your service and Semper Fi!

      • Jana

        Reconranger,
        You are so very right. We did not lose the war. The politicians withdrew us.

      • Kristine

        To Recon Ranger,
        Your comments and analyses of the Viet Nam war are absolutely correct. Gneral Giap wrote in his memoirs that the US had them beaten after the Tet offensive and he couldn’t understand why we didn’t persist and force them into peace talks then. I think that was about the time that Walter Cronkite told us the war was lost. A lot of young people in the States were used by communists who organized the “peace protests”/ anti war rallies, many because they simply didn’t want to fight. Still, every man who wore the uniform and fought bravely in Viet Nam (John Kerry excepted)should be proud of his service to his country. The way they were treated on their return was shameful. My husband was in the Army during the Tet offensive and was wounded.

        • Kate8

          Kristine – I like your John Kerry remark.

          He only went in long enough to do a photo op for his future political career. Then he got out.

          How long was he overseas? 15 minutes?

    • http://personalliberty.com frank

      Bill your generation did not lose in vietnam Iwas in the service then also .I was in the Navy and was assigned to the 6 fleet in the meditterranen.But you guys who served on the ground there did not lose.THE ONES WHO LOST WERE THE PHONY POLITICIANS AND THE WAR PROTESTERS HERE WHO LATER WENT ON TO BE THE NANCY PELOSI”S AND BARBARA BOXER”S ETC.OF THIS COUNTRY.I am 61 years old and when i go to the american legion post or go to the VFW as a guest i pay you all the respect i can for even though i served i can’t compare to you.When i hear these young punks pontificating about things they owe guys like you all their liberty!. Againthey should not be fining you because YOU DID WIN!!!!.

      • Marty S.

        Frank, the biased news media which still prevails today also had a lot to do with this perception that we lost the vietnam war. Thank God for those of you who have served our country.

    • Ruby

      Bill,

      There are those of us that are extremely proud of our military forces, irregardless of the war. Chin up!

    • Bitter Libertarian

      Bill, Dismiss anyone who doesent recognize and appreciate the sacrifice you made and the commitment you had/have. I appreciate your service, and all vets, matters not where they fought, or went. The fact is THEY/WE DID GO when they/we felt they/we were needed. A quality not possesed by many.

    • Kellan

      My dear Bill,
      Semper FI, Marine. I also served in the Marines in South Vietnam. We got screwed when we came home, that’s for sure. When in Vietnam I saved other Marine’s lives, both individually and with the help of others and today there are Marines walking around this country alive, because I was there. Yet when I came home and went to college I was met with anti-war demonstrating hippies. I was called a war criminal and immoral. Those ignorant son-of-bitches. They have no idea how much they harmed us. I am 100% disabled from that war and I live with that pain everyday. But Bill, we will always stand together, knowing how much we served our country. Knowing we stand together as Marines, as proud Marines, and nothing can take that away from us. Semper FI,Marine. Semper FI.

      Kellan Kyllo
      Sgt. USMC
      2158787

    • Old Henry

      Bill!

      “You” DID NOT loose the war! The scum-bag politicians lost the war.

      As shown recently North Vietnam was ready to surrender. Tricky Dick and that scummy Kisinger surrendered.

      You will notice that when the WWII vets are mentioned it is their kids talking as a lot of us are now retired. Your – our – kids are working and do not have the time to spend pecking around on a keyboard.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      Bill, you didnt lose any war. You were not allowed to win it by those running it. Plain and simple. Thank you sir for your service.

    • April

      Bill
      Thankyou for your service. You are greatly appreciated!!

      There are so many heroes on this thread. My heart is swelled with overwhelming pride and appreciation for you all.GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

    • Wayne937

      Bill, I think most of us can understand the way you feel. Things has certainly changed in this country. I have always said, every law, whether it is a city law, state law, or a Federal law, that is passed is one less freedom that we have. I don’t know what the airheads in our law making bodies are thinking anymore.

    • Drawer22

      Bill, it wasn’t – and isn’t! (Americans are still there, keeping up the fight. Still more may remain imprisoned.) – a “war” (Officially, it was a series of campaigns which constituted a “Conflict” within the borders of a friendly country being attacked from the north.) and, while the objectives sought by the United States were never conclusively achieved, American military and naval service personnel never lost a single battle. Bear in mind that to lose a war, at least the final battle must be lost, a landmark which was never crossed by Americans in service to our great country. Nonetheless, Semper Fi, Marine, and thank you for part in rendering the service we gave. – De Oppresso Liber [Drawer 22, Command & Control Detachment, North; 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces]

  • http://None J.B. Williams

    This is a great story and much appreciated. Thank you for submitting it. From 1968-89 I sang on stage in Maywood, Illinois with a group called the Suburban Veterans Chorus. We sang this and other patriot songs at local Shriners hospitals, convalescent homes, and at annual concerts at Proviso East High School in Cook County. Our theme was “God of our Fathers.” The group formed after WWII by a sailor and a soldier who happened to be neighbors. The sad part is we couldn’t pass the baton on to younger men because the media destroyed patriotism because of its misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the Vietnam War. There are only 12 surviving members and all too old now to sing as a group.

  • Andrew

    yes, a great post. i started singing the song the as soon as i read your headline. i also remember watching Yankee Doodle Dandy” many times on tv. that was a great movie.

    the flag is flying here 24/7.

    what happened to hollywood ? is it still in the USA ?

    • Eddie47d

      Great clip Chip! Patriotism and especially our Grand Old Flag is important. It was all of our unwelcomed wars that turned Hollywood in another direction as people became fed up up with our intrusions into other countries business. During WWII the movie industry honored those who served and the flag because the war was for the defense of America.People rallied to the flag and patriotic movies because it reflected a moral decency and the pride in serving a just cause. Also Yankee Doodle Dandy came out under the Presidency of a big government liberal Democrat. No censorship,for country came first and all worked together. Now it’s hard to get a consensuses on anything.

  • http://n.cates@cox.net Norman F.

    Bill do you really think they stopped you from violating the law because you are a Vietnam vet? Get over it, my friend! Time tends to blur history and the things about the Vietnam war that you remember, and I remember from when I came back from my second tour, never were known by the general public. Plus the fact is that the people who are expecting you to obey the law probably were not even born then. Just remember that time heals all wounds, and wounds all heels so they will get theirs eventually!

    • element man

      Do YOU really think that THEY should make laws about the height of HIS grass and how many boats he has on HIS property?

      • Thamera

        haha nope. Here it’s a misdemeanor if you don’t shovel your sidewalk within 10 days of a storm; however it is never enforced. I think the example about the grass and boats is ridiculous but unfortunately typical.

        • http://donthaveone Beberoni

          Here, you dont have to shovel your snow, but the mailman doesnt have to walk through it to deliver your mail either. And if someone slips and falls, and you have made no attempt to shovel or de-ice it, your libel for damages, so its in your best interest to be a good neighbor, and shovel your walk around here. Myself, I have a lot of old neighbors, and when it snows, I do 5 or 6 driveways and their walks, and some try to pay me, but I wont take it. We are here to help each other, its the least I can do. In the summer, we have a weed ordinance, and if it gets 18″ you get cited and fined. And if you dont address it, the city sends someone out to cut it, and you high dollar for that also. In my neighborhood, we dont have that problem. We are all owners, and take care of our stuff. Its in the neighborhoods where they have rentals that this is a problem, and talking to the people that own in those areas, they are all for it.

          • Dan az

            Beberoni
            Your a good soul to help shovel the drive ways.I wish everyone that is capable of shoveling would help out,If it was left up to us old farts then we wouldn’t be here because of a heart attack.When your old and some one comes to help out you have know Idea how welcomed that gesture is.Good for you keep up the good work fellow patriot.

          • Al Sieber

            Beberoni and Dan, I left snow country 42 years ago, but I use to shovel snow when I was a kid, help the old people out. where I live in Ariz., it doesn’t snow but I still help the old people in the small town near me. God Bless both of you guys.

          • http://donthaveone Beberoni

            I dont shovel anymore though Dan, I cheat and use a snow blower. I know my ederly neighbors appreciate it, and I was just brought up that way. My dad used to make me shovel the old lady’s walk that lived next door when I was a kid, and do it for free, and I thought it sucked. Now Im glad I did it, and it taught me well to give, without expecting something back in return. That is what is wrong with this world so much today. Everyone seems to want something in order to give something, and thats not how it should be. And it does amaze me, how when it snows, the lack of kids out trying to make some money shoveling snow. A good snow storm when I was a kid, meant shoveling 50 walks and driveways at 2 bucks a pop and making 100 bucks. Now, if you do see a kid, he has a snow blower and wants 20 bucks or more. Ridiculous. I believe in a God, that makes all wrongs right, and that we reap what we sow. As I give, it will be given to me. There is coming a day, when I will be too darn old to go out there and clear my snow, without taking all day, and I fully believe that my God will be the one to pay me back, and will provide that younger person to help me. I am most assured of that. So I dont need people to pay me, God is my reward.

  • http://www.reformdc.com nax777

    I remember, US citizens lost that war with the help of the parties rules of engagement. US citizens are now allowing the death of the US.

    It is irrational to think that any single payer social program will work. It is irrational for nations to tax its way out of poverty. It is irrational to help overpopulated poorer nations by becoming one. It is irrational to believe that a power convinced that you have nowhere else to go will do your biding.

    A true Conservative and a true Liberal agree on one thing though for different reasons. Any single payer social program is a nutty idea! Now each believes that it’s not so nutty as long as their side is managing it. Pubs and Dems call rational people cruel, heartless nut cases. Rational and irrational also no longer hold true meaning.

    Replace the powers with citizens that can be immediately removed by citizens and never serve for a life time. We must take control ourselves. Please join with us at Goooh.com you might be able to click on my name. This will take you to my link page that links to Goooh.com, NumbersUSA.com and SBA-list.org.

    P.S. Have you heard of “you cut” @ http://majorityleader.gov/YouCut/

  • babybikerbabe

    I enjoyed this post immensely. I grew up in a musical family, and my Daddy was a Marine. My Mom had 3 brothers: 2 “lifer” West Point grads (Major General and Full Bird Colonel) and 1 Annapolis grad/Naval Aviator. My husband is a veteran of the Vietnam war and proudly served in Cambodia and Laos (should give you an idea of what HE did).

    I already own “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and know the words to every song in it. I cry at the end when the President presents Mr. Cohan with the Congressional Medal of Honor for “Over There”. Nothing can fill the heart with pride and patriotism like a well written song.

    My sister and I have a dream to “bring back” American Folk music. To teach new generations good, wholesome tunes like “Harvest Moon”, “K-K-K-Katy”, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and the like. I assure you, Mr. Cohan’s tune will be a regular part of our repertoire.

    Thanks Chip for making me smile.

    • JeffH

      babybikerbabe, stand proud and make your dreams come true. Best wishes and luck to you, your sister and your family.

    • Wayne937

      babybikerbabe, I love those old songs too. I wish they would return. I can’t stand a lot of the music they play today. Of course this may be telling my age. LOL.

  • Dick from Chaska

    Our flag was tarnished by Bush when he authorized the use of torture. I am also a Marine veteran. I was a Major in the 3rd MarDiv 1965-1966. Try Bush for war crimes.

    • Patricia

      Don’t you ever get tired of blaming President Bush for everything?? Maybe you should wake up and see what the monster in the white house now is doing. Time to get over that tired old song, BLAME BUSH

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      I got news for you Dick. In WW1 and WW2, our guys were given drugs and beaten and tested all kinds of junk on them. In Vietnam and Korea, they were beaten and abused. And you insist on calling water-boarding torture? Gimme a break. Seems old Osama was caught from information gained from interrogating these guys. Your a pacifist, and shame on you. Quit blaming Bush for your inadequacies, and look in the mirror, and see the guy to blame. Clinton tarnished this country when he allowed the terrorists to blow us up again and again. Bush did what any red blood American should do. They punched us in the nose, and he kicked their butt. You got a problem with that, then you arent worthy to be called an American, and need to move out. Im thankful for your service, but something happened to screw up your thought process. I thank God for Bush’s actions in securing us and making us strong again, after Clinton weakened us so. If you cant see that, your not seeing the truth.

      • Wayne937

        Good post, Beberoni. I agree with you. I would rather see Bush back in office than a Muslim Communist who is trying to destroy our country, any old time. At least Bush was a good American even though I did not always agree with him.

        • http://donthaveone Beberoni

          Your right, Bush wasnt perfect, but none of us are, especially politicians. But he was a credit to that office, the first one to be so since Reagan. And it was evident that he loves this country, and he did the things needed to make us safe, even at his own expense of popularity with our rising population of pacifists who think if we hide our heads in the sand the bad guys will go away. News to them, it aint gonna happen. Only through force, do you get peace. Its been proven time and time again. And if you dont learn from history, your doomed to repeat it, and pacifism has failed at every turn.

  • JeffH

    You just might enjoy this original by Cagney.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R1jiVcIGcg

  • Old Henry

    Well Chip, as you stated I had not thought about this song in years. I did learn the words back in grade school and we used to sing it.

    As I read the words I did feel a surge of patriatism, but then reality set in again.

    I do have a new flag pole to install and my son is going to help me dig the hole and set the concrete. Hopefully in time for Flag Day.

    I have not seen that Cagney movie in about 20 years. It is a great movie. I highly recommend it.

  • shopdog

    It was a great post and you should be pleased to know that we actually
    just heard the song sung proudly by our pre-schoolers at their end of
    year show. My 3 and 4 year old grandchildren knew every word and sang them with beaming smiles as the waved their own little flags. Maybe it’s a tradition at this particular pre-school because all of my children attended and each one was taught the pride that comes with being an American. Or maybe it has to do with the fact that we live in the home town of National Flag Day founder, William Kerr, but I’d like to belive that there are still generations of young persons being taught to be patriots.

  • Charles

    I have seen the movie, several times. I always enjoy it. I miss the patriotism that used to run through the movies of that era. I quickly became bored with the cynicism and anti-American themes that have become part and parcel of the “entertainment” foisted on us since the sixties.

  • Michael J.

    Never forget the sacrifices made by the greatest generation!

    Ronald Reagan’s speech at the 40th aniversary of the D-Day invasion to liberate Europe.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEIqdcHbc8I

    • Wayne937

      Thanks for the website, Michael, I just watched the speech. Ronald Reagan could really give a great speech. We have never had such a good president since he left office. He was truly a good person, and believed in all mankind. I don’t know whether we can ever find anyone as good as he was.

  • chuckb

    we should also honor those that fell in vietnam. those young men never lost a battle and held our flag high only to have the media and democratic politicians turn against them. even then they still held the ground.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      Agreed. Dont know what would have happened if Kennedy would have lived, but Lyndon Johnson sent those kids over there to die so him and his cronies could make themselves millions of dollars. They had no intentions of doing what it took to win, and they just left guys isolated being shot at and outmanned over and over again, then acted like nothing happened. Shame on everyone of them, but to all you guys that served over there with my brother and the friends he lost, be aware of this. Those guys that made these decisions to leave you hanging over there, will have to face God one day, and they will be dealt with, and it will be harsher than you or I could ever deal with them. Vengeance is mine God has said. He will right all wrongs, so take peace in that please.

      • http://yahoo richard

        one thing i have never understood, jhonson miss handled the war and nixon ended it yet it is called nixons war

        • http://donthaveone Beberoni

          I have also wondered that myself Richard. Kennedy started it, Johnson escalated it beyond control and made millions for his cronies, and Nixon got us out of it. And like you said, they want to call it Nixon’s war, just goes to show the lies the liberal press was all about, even way back then.

      • Wayne937

        I find myself agreeing with you on every post, Beferoni. I think great minds run together. LOL.

        • http://donthaveone Beberoni

          Thanks Wayne. Im not perfect, never claimed to be, but one thing I do know and hopefully will always know, from my upbringing my parents gave me, is to recognize the truth when it is right in front of me and never stray from it. The truth will set you free, and to this day, I remain a free man, as I value the truth, and embrace the truth. And I fully recognize the lies the liberal media tries to make us all believe.

  • Janice Fortin

    sEND THE LYRICS TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO LET THEM KNOW THERE ARE
    AMERICANS WHO LOVE THE FLAG AND WHAT A SHAME THESE PATRIOTS ARE NOT
    LEADING THE COUNTRY!

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      And still, Obama will not place his hand over his heart in front of the flag. Imagine that. What a man tells you is what he would like you to think of him. What his actions are, tell you who he really is.

      • Dan az

        Beberoni
        With all that controversy of him and his wife some one sent me an email of a picture of them finally putting their hands over their heart.The problem was that it was with their left hands.Truly amazing!wish I had kept it to share with everyone.

        • Dan az

          I found it!wished it was bigger.

        • http://donthaveone Beberoni

          Remember Dan, she was never proud to be an American, until her old man was elected president. If that isnt a statement saying “its all about me and mine”, I dont know what is.

  • http://none EARNEY WRIGHT

    I an proud to say I served in the U.S. Navy on board the HOWARD W. GiLMORE (AS-16) in the atlanitc submarine fleet.
    I am proud of every branch of our military service personell both male and female. They have all served honorably and faithfully.
    THE MARINES ARE OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST ANY POWER THAT WOULD ATTACK US.THEY DESERVE OUR UTMOST GRATITUDE AND PRAISE FOR A JOB WELL DONE……MAY GOD BLESS THEM ONE AND ALL.

    EARNEY WRIGHT
    US NAVY MR-3
    (MR-3)

  • Irena

    Thanks for reprinting the lyrics to this song. Admittedly, I could not remember the entire song, but remember the tune. And yeah, I got to singing along to myself while I was reading the words:-)

    • Wayne937

      Since everyone else is proud of their military Service I’ll have to say I am proud to have served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960. There was not any war going on in the time frame so I always tell folks they were afraid of us so they left us alone doing that time. LOL.

      • http://donthaveone Beberoni

        I am proud to have served 3 years on the USS Henderson DD-785 and one year on the USS Mobile LKA-115. I was in peace time also, but I was still proud to serve my country.

  • Nancy, NH

    Thanks for the background on the song from one of my favorite movies- I’ve probably seen it at least 20 times.
    As for singing it? Every July 4th during the sing-a-long with the Boston Pops concert, while waving my flag.
    My flag is out every day; THANK YOU to ALL our Vets!

  • http://yahoo richard

    the greatest generation deserves all the credit the can get they gave their all to save this country only to turn it over to a generation of baby boomers that are the most spoiled give me, give me, give me generation there ever was and are now running our govt. into the ground

    • Drawer22

      Richard, having been born in 1946, I qualify as one who is in that “…generation of baby boomers that are the most spoiled give me, give me, give me generation there ever was.” I also served 2 voluntary combat tours on the ground (in countries outside of South Vietnam) with Special Forces. The only “give me” I recall saying was in the context of more ammo – but you doubtless know more than this ground-pounding mud-separator.

  • Bear SF in RVN

    I first saw “Yankee Doodle Dandy” as a young teen,on TY on the fourth of july, and have loved it ever since! I recall it was played every fourth during my teen years, until Viet Nam made it “Politically Incorrect”. I have a the DVD, and watch it regularly. I served from Feb ’67-Aug ’74.
    Had not the political winds changed, we would have WON outright! I have had my grandchildren watch the movie, and they all love it too…Perhaps…if we raise them up right…there is a bright future for our “Grand Old Flag”!

    • Wayne937

      Amen to that, Bear.

  • Dan az

    The was things are going now it looks as if the UN flag will be flying over every country including ours.Everything that we stand for will mean nothing unless we stop this invasion on our people.It may be time to look for the third box if we cant stop them now.

  • Dan az

    sorry (was) is why

    • Dan az

      Lets try that again its (way!)Damn keyboard!

  • DaveH
  • DaveH

    Not for closed minds:
    http://mises.org/daily/2885

  • DaveH

    If you love Liberty, you should read this:
    http://mises.org/daily/3716

  • Wayne937

    Please send this to all your Congress Members. I just did.

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

    If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ….

    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

    They and they alone, have the power.

    They and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

    Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      And the reason these politicians do these evil deeds that they do, is because we, the people, dont do what God told us to do, to elect Godly men to positions of authority. Instead, we seem to constantly elect men whose god is money, and this is what we get, and will continue to get if we insist on doing things mans way, instead of God’s way. Its a truth that cant be refuted. The facts stand in front of us, fully evident for all to see.

  • http://N/A Susan

    How many Can Remember this HYMN?
    I do. I remember at my Eighth Grade Graduation .
    We Sang this as we stood before Our Parents and all Our Classmates Parents. Singing this Hymn
    That Today Would be Unwelcome in most American Schools or any other place today. WHY?
    Because it Speaks of The Risen Crucified Christ Jesus of the Gospel. That is why. Yet the one that wrote it Believed in the Same Gospel of Jesus Christ Of Today By Many whom Still call themselves Faithful to GOD the Father His Word His Son ChristJesus and His Holy Spirit.

    “Onward, Christian Soldiers”
    A 19th century English hym. the words written by Sabine Bareing-Gould in 1865, The music was composed by Aurther Sullivan in1871. Mr. Sullivan named the tune “St. Gertrude” After the wife of a friend Ernest Clay Ker Seymer, at whose country home he composed the tune.

    “The Salvation Army” adopted the hymn as its favored processional. The hymn’s theme taken from references in the New Testament Book in the “KJV” IITimothy 2;3: Of the Holy Written Word “Thou shalt endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” Speaking of the Christian being a Soldier for Christ. The Letter to Timothy was written by Paul To his Son Timothy.

    ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS
    1. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before. Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; forward into battle see his banners go!
    Refrain
    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.
    2. At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee; on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory! Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise; brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise. (Refrain)
    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.
    3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God; brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod. We are not divided, all one body we, one in hope and doctrine, one in charity. (Refrain)
    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.
    4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane, but the church of Jesus constant will remain. Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail; we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail. (Refrain)
    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.
    5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng, blend with ours your voices in the triumph song. Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King, this through countless ages men and angels sing. (Refrain)
    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.

    When THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST is removed from any Countries Society.
    YOU HAVE TAKEN THE WORD OF GOD OUT OF THAT COUNTRY ALONG WITH
    HIS HOLY WORD.
    ALL PEOPLES THAT HAVE DENIED THE FATHER HAVE ALSO DENIED HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THE FIRST OF THE RESURRECTION CHRIST JESUS.
    THE SOLDIERS ARE SLOWLY but SURELY PASSING AWAY.
    HAVE NOT WE AS “NATIONS” Already LOST to many of our CHILDREN TO THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD? WILL WE NOW TAKE THE FATHER, THE SON, and HIS HOLY SPIRIT FROM OUR CHILDREN and GRANDCHILDREN TODAY?
    OR will We as a Nation Of FREEDOM TAKE A STAND AGAIN FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLES RIGHT AND ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO EXIST. AS THUS THE LORD HATH SAID, AND HAD IT ALREADY WRITTEN?

    Hymn’s Notice no Vowels are in the English WORD “HYMN” Because Language of the Hebrews Never had or has no Vowels. Pronouceation of the WORD. WHEN SAID, SPOKEN: HIMS With N between the M&S Used to Sing Praise to GOD THE FATHER, NOT FORGETTING THE PRICE PAID THE SHED BLOOD ON THE CROSS OF HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. WHOM TODAY MANY DO NOT WANT HIS NAME MENTIONED OR REMEMBERED BY THE CHILDREN OF TODAY.
    “GOD WILL NOT STRIVE WITH MAN FOREVER.”
    OLD TESTAMENT Quote;

  • http://N/A Susan

    I perpousally Posted the article above On the Hymnal Because TODAY many are Reading something about POLITICS. YET will and do ignore Much having to do with GOD, CHRISTJESUS, The HOLY BIBLE, Gospel

  • http://N/A Susan

    Thank you For The Opportunity to Post FREELY in HERE about MANY THINGS INCLUDING GOD’S WORD.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Wiselady

    6-6-11

    In my public school graduation we sang, the Hymn along with a Catholic and Jewish song and everyone was HAPPY.

    Lovely, inspirational and wholesome memories of patriotic songs, defined our beautiful country. I miss that fervor and unity.

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