On May 29, 1945, the US Flag was raised over the Shuri Castle on Okinawa. Braving Japanese sniper fire, US Marine Lieutenant Colonel R.P. Ross, Jr. climbed and placed our American flag on a parapet of Shuri castle. The castle was a former enemy stronghold in southern Okinawa in the Ryukyu (Loochoo chain), situated 375 miles from Japan.
In his honor . . .
I pledge my allegiance--my loyalty-- to the flag of our country, and to the Republic for which that flag stands. A republic-- a country where the people elect representatives from among themselves to make laws for everyone, and a flag that represents the values of our form of government, in which everyone is equal under the law.
We are one nation--Under God (The words "under God" added in 1954). You may worship however you want in this country, or not at all.
Indivisible-- we will not be divided. We can not be divided. We may squabble and fight like a big family, but we will remain as one.
With Liberty--freedom--and justice for all, regardless of our differences.
This piece is a 24 x 24 Acrylic painting on stretched canvas. It will be framed in a black/ wood tone floating frame.