I would have liked to post this yesterday since it was Flag Day (6/14/05howver, I just got it today.: Why We Fly Our Flag "Those Honored Dead" by Marion G. Mahoney "Why do you fly the flag today?" My Grandson wants to know. I fly it for the graveyards where the countless crosses grow. I fly the flag for children whose fathers are a name. A half-remembered memory of a face within a frame. I fly it for the families of sons and daughters lost. They know the price of liberty How terrible the cost! I fly the flag for veterans who lost their youth in blood. And saw their comrades slaughtered in the carnage and the mud. I fly it for the ones who marched in cadence off to war. To close their eyes forever upon some foreign shore. I fly the flag for grief poured out Upon a granite wall. The laying-on of hands that heals the scars within us all. I fly it for the sound of Taps--- that melancholy tune that lays to rest those honored dead who always die too soon.