The 4th of July is Wednesday and that means fireworks in Shreveport-Bossier as we celebrate Independence Day. We thought these 10 awesome flag photos would be inspirational, check 'em out.


Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard practice for the San Diego Padres opening day flag ceremony. Approximately 300 volunteers unfurled an 800-pound flag that covered the entire field. Bonhomme Richard is in dry dock for maintenance and upgrades through April.Navy Visual News Service
Photo by Joe Kane
Date Taken:04.05.2011
Location:SAN DIEGO, CA, US
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The national and state colors lead unit guidons fluttering in the wind as Guardsmen finish up the memorial hike here, at Piestewa Peak Sept. 11, 2011. This event was held to remember Americans who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks and service members killed in action since the start of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
123rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Photo by Sgt. Lauren DeVita
Date Taken:09.11.2011
Location:PHOENIX, AZ, US
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"Ragged Old Flag" by Johnny Cash

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin' there.
I said, "Your old court house is kinda run down,
He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town".
I said, "Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that's a ragged old flag you got hangin' on it".
He said, "Have a seat", and I sat down,
"Is this the first time you've been to our little town"
I said, "I think it is"
He said "I don't like to brag, but we're kinda proud of
That Ragged Old Flag

"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
and It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
writing "Say Can You See"
It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
tugging at its seams.
and It almost fell at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on
That Ragged Old Flag

"On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp, and low, a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent
by her Uncle Sam.
She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
and now they've about quit wavin' back here at home
in her own good land here She's been abused,
She's been burned, dishonored, denied an' refused,
And the government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
And she's getting thread bare, and she's wearin' thin,
But she's in good shape, for the shape she's in.
Cause she's been through the fire before
and i believe she can take a whole lot more.

"So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down slow every night,
We don't let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.
On second thought
I *do* like to brag
Cause I'm mighty proud of
That Ragged Old Flag"

American Flags at Rockefeller Plaza. This photo was taken on June 17, 2005 in Midtown, New York, NY

The flag is folded and is presented to next of kin, "As a representative of the United States Army, it is my high privilege to present you this flag. Let it be a symbol of the grateful appreciation this nation feels for the distinguished service rendered to our country and our flag by your loved one."

(Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin as a keepsake after its use during the funeral service. When there is no next-of-kin, the flag is presented to a friend making a request for it).

First American Flag Raised in Afghanistan, 2001

Marines with C Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) raise the first American flag in Afghanistan after the seizure of a forward operating base on Nov. 26, 2001, as Operation Enduring Freedom begins. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Joseph R. Chenelly) (Released)


The original image was taken by arbyreed ( )

Mr. Throk took it into Photoshop and added some color burn and added a vivid light gradient over the flag to give it a little more pop.

Boy Scout Flag Salute at Gerald R. Ford Museum

LAS VEGAS -- Airmen from Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases hold up the American flag at the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium, Dec. 22.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brett Clashman)

Child Saluting American Flag

From Jeffery Turner: This is my 7-year old son, who followed me up the hill to take photos of our neighbor's American Flag. The flag is positioned at the top of a hill that overlooks the Santa Clarita Valley. No, it was not spontaneous. He was staring up at the flag and I thought a salute would make a patriotic image. I was right.