ARRANGEMENT:Flags are advanced in the usual manner. Flags are posted. NARRATOR: Ladies and gentleman, before we recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, I would like to say a few words about our flag. First, what is the flag? We can see that it is made of cloth. It contains 13 stripes, one for each of the original colonies, and 50 stars, one for each of the 50 states. But it is a lot more than that. this is our past, our present, and our future. It is the pilgrims braving unknown dangers to find religious freedom. It is Washington fighting to establish a nation. It is the Alamo. It is Lincoln fighting to keep the nation united. It is Iwo Jima. It is a hungry child being helped in some far off land. it is the people and their clergy gathered together to worship God without fear. It is all these things and more. Please thing of these things as we say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.