This Piece of Cloth

A visitor to Celebrate-American-Holidays asked if I had the words to This Piece of Cloth, a patriotic song about the American flag. I had not heard the song before but started to do some research.

I found a fantastic video on YouTube and discovered the song was sung by the Ascension Quartet. From there, I located their website and requested the lyrics. They graciously granted my request.

The song begins with the first two verses from America the Beautiful and ends with the chorus to the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Here are the words to This Piece of Cloth as provided by the Ascension Quartet. Stand up and be proud. God Bless America!

America the Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

The morning song of a vibrant city
is interrupted by the scream of jet engines
as an off course –
hijacked jet airliner
smashes into a towering office building.

Fire and smoke stain the skyline -
And then the unbelievable is repeated -
another jet –
diving into the twin tower.

There’s no place to go -
people jumping holding hands -
the roar of crashing concrete and twisting steel.
And at the top of the tower -
a piece of cloth is ripped from its standard
and falls slowly.

It now lies in the dust and debris.
Red and white stripes begin to smolder -
the field of blue curls into flame -
white stars turn to black ash.

This is not just any piece of cloth that’s burning -
this is the freedom banner of America -
this is the flag of the United States.

But hear this -
this piece of cloth has faced the enemy before -
this flag is no stranger to battle.

No - it first heard the roar of the cannon and musket at Concord
and Lexington and Valley Forge.

It flew from saddle mount as Teddy Roosevelt led the Rough Riders up San Juan Hill.

Civil War swept across the nation - but Old Glory kept flying
at Gettysburg, Appomattox, and Richmond.

World War I - from the forests of the Argon to the white crosses of Flanders Field -
still flying.

World War II - from Pearl Harbor to Normandy -
to an island in the South Pacific called Iwo Jima -
where some tired battle-weary Marines
lifted that flag so that the rest of the world would know
that Americans will be free.

At the 38th parallel in Korea,
in the jungles and rice patties of Vietnam -
from Desert Storm to the Trade Center towers in New York City -
the cost has been high but the price has been met.

From the caves of Afghanistan to the deserts of Iraq -
from Ground Zero to the Pentagon
to a farm field in Pennsylvania -

let every terrorist know -
that you can tear it down -
rip it to pieces -
you can trample it -
and you can burn it -

but you can’t destroy the faith -
and the strength -
and the purpose
of the people
that piece of cloth represents.

So the next time you see it -
don’t be ashamed if a tear comes to your eye -
or if your heart beats a little faster.

Stand up -
Stand tall -
Say it loud.

“We are one Nation under God!”

Battle Hymn of the Republic – (Chorus)

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on,
His truth is marching on.

If you would like to know more about the Ascension Quartet, visit their website here. Also, watch a great video set to the song This Piece of Cloth at this YouTube link.

Thanks to visitor Sue Mitchell for introducing me to this moving tribute. If other visitors have suggestions or request, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for visiting This Piece of Cloth.

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