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- - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


                                                                                                                           Stand Up for America Rally Speech




                                                                                                                                            Folding the Flag















Stand Up for America Rally Speech


By: Beth Chapman



I'm here tonight because men and women of the United States military have given their lives for my freedom. I am not here tonight because Sheryl Crowe, Rosie O'Donnell, Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Jane Fonda or Phil Donahue, sacrificed their lives for me.


If my memory serves me correctly, it was not movie stars or musicians, but the United States Military who fought on the shores of Iwo Jima, the jungles of Vietnam, and the beaches of Normandy. 


Tonight, I say we should support the President of the United States and the U.S. Military and tell the liberal, tree- hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippy, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies and music and whine somewhere else.


After all, if they lived in Iraq, they wouldn't be allowed the freedom of speech they're being given here today. Ironically, they would be put to death at the hands of Sadam Husssein or Osama Bin Laden.








I want to know how the very people who are against war because of the loss of life, can possibly be the same people who are for abortion?



They are the same people who are for animal rights but against the rights of the unborn.

 The movie stars say they want to go to Iraq and serve as "human shields" for the Iraqis. I say let them buy a one-way ticket and go.


No one likes war. I hate war! But the one thing I hate more is the fact that this country has been forced into war- innocent people have lost their lives - - and there but for the grace of God, it could have been my brother, my husband, or even worse my own son.


On December 7, 1941, there are no records of movie stars treading the blazing waters of Pearl Harbor.


On September 11, 2001; there are no photos of movie stars standing as "human shields" against the debris and falling bodies ascending from the World Trade Center.

There were only policemen and firemen - -underpaid civil servants who gave their all with nothing expected in return.


When the USS Cole was bombed, there were no movie stars guarding the ship - - where were the human shields then?






 If America's movie stars want to be human shields, let them shield the gang-ridden

streets of Los Angeles, or New York City, let them shield the lives of the children of North Birmingham whose mothers lay them down to sleep on the floor each night to shelter them from stray bullets.

If they want to be human shields, I say let them shield the men and women of honesty and integrity that epitomizes courage and embody the spirit of freedom by wearing the proud uniforms of the United States Military. Those are the people who have earned and deserve shielding! Throughout the course of history, this country has remained free, not because of movie stars and liberal activists, but because of brave men and women who hated war too. However, they lay down their lives so that we all may live in freedom.

After all - "What greater love hath no man, that he lay down his life for his friend," or in this case a country.


 We should give our military honor and acknowledgement and not let their lives be in vain.

If you want to see true human shields, walk through Arlington Cemetery.

There lie human shields, heroes, and the BRAVE Americans who didn't get on television and talk about being a human shield - they were human shields.


 I thank God tonight for freedom - - those who bought and paid for it with their lives in the past - - those who will protect it in the present and defend it in the future.







 America has remained silent too long! God-fearing people have remained silent too long!


We must lift our voices united in a humble prayer to God for guidance and the strength and courage to sustain us throughout whatever the future may hold.


 After the tragic events of Sept. 11th, my then eleven -year-old son said terrorism is a war against them and us and if you're not one of us, then you're one of them.


 So in closing tonight, let us be of one accord, let us stand proud, and let us be the human shields of prayer, encouragement and support for the President, our troops and their families and our country. May God bless America, the land of the free, the home of the brave and the greatest country on the face of this earth!




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Folding the Flag



A very interesting, moving and little-known part of our military tradition.

Thought you all might find it appropriate for the time. 

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21 gun salute stands for the

sum of the numbers in the year 1776?  Have you ever noticed the honor guard

pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times? 

You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies,

but we learn something new every day! 


 The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.


 The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. 


 The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks

who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace

throughout the world.


  The 4th fold represents our weaker nature,

for as American citizens trusting in God,

it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.








 The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decaur,

"Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right;

but it is still our country, right or wrong."


 The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie.

It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America,

and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible,

with Liberty and Justice for all.


 The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, who fought for it!

It is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag

against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without

the boundaries of our republic. 


 The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death,

 that we might see the light of day.


 The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers.

For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion

that the character of the men and women who have

made this country great has been molded. 






 The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too,

has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

 The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and

glorifies in the Hebrews' eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

 The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies,

in the Christians' eyes, God the Father, the Son! and Holy Spirit. 

 The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded,

the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."

 After the flag is completely folded and tucked in,

it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat,

ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and

the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed 

by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States,

preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today. 

 There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning.

In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why. 

 Share this with the children you love and all others who love the symbol of

"Liberty and Freedom".




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