I am the symbol of the living America, the badge of its greatness, the emblem of its destiny. I am faith. It is I who keep men mindful of their priceless heritage, life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness. I am hope. I represent the land of promise wherein, already, man's loftiest dreams have approached closer to realization than ever before on this earth. I am life. Each strand and fiber of my being is a memorial, dedicated to the sacrifices of all those strong men and steadfast women who have lived and died in the nation's service, that it might live forever. I am tolerance. So long as I shall wave, all people under my protection may freely worship, think, write and speak, undaunted by the shadow of fear. I am justice, tempered with mercy.For I am friend to the oppressed and downtrodden of every land. I am a sign of the future. I wave over schools throughout the nation and in them the nation's future is molded. I am the flag of the United States... The last... The best hope for peace on earth.