When Tom was a child growing up,
He loved to visit Great-granddad.
He liked to see his old war relics
That none of his other relatives had.
Great-grandpa had an American Flag
Hanging on his living room wall.
It was torn, tattered, and full of holes,
And it was good for nothing at all.
As a child, Tom viewed this flag
As just a part of Great-grandpa's place,
Along with all the old war relics
Displayed in Great-grandpa's case.
As Tom grew older, it seemed strange
To keep a flag in such bad array.
One day he told his Great-grandpa,
"You should throw that old flag away."
Then Great-grandpa sat Tom down
And told him the sad true story
Of why he kept the old tattered flag
Which he referred to as "Old Glory."
"This flag was in a battle," he said,
"Along with me and my comrades too.
I made it safely through the battle,
But the others didn't make it through."
"God brought me home from the war,
And I brought this flag home with me.
My buddies did not make it home.
They died for this flag, you see."
Then Tom embraced Great-grandpa
As he turned tearfully to him to say,
"I will help you protect Old Glory,
And I will never throw her away!"