Sunday, June 14, 2009

The 14th of June



Happy Birthday, U.S. Army!
Thanks to Steve at CommonCents for posting this video.
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It's Flag Day in the United States! As the legend goes, it was George Washington and two other members of the Continental Congress who asked Betsy Ross to sew the first American flag sometime in the late spring of 1776. The young widow was only in her early 20's when she completed the first flag with thirteen stars arranged in a circle. A year later, the Continental Congress officially adopted the design for the national flag, and henceforward the Stars and Stripes symbolized the U.S. around the world. The first "official" Flag Day was celebrated in 1877 - the flag's centennial. Then, in 1916, a grass roots movement resulted in President Woodrow Wilson issuing a proclamation that called for a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14. It was not until 1949 that Congress made the day a permanent observance in America by resolving "That the 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated as Flag Day." Please respectfully Wave our Flag today!!!

Thank you, President Eisenhower!!! The Pledge of Allegiance is believed to have been the idea of an editor of “The Youth's Companion” a children's magazine. By proclamation of President Benjamin Harrison, the pledge was first recited on October 12, 1892, and after some rewording was officially adopted on Flag Day, June 14, 1924. The words “under God” were added in 1954. The pledge now reads: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands: one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” While reciting the pledge of allegiance, citizens stand at attention or place the right hand over the heart. Men should remove their hats, and military personnel in uniform face the flag and give the military salute.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Neal! Mr. Neal was one of the finest men I have met. He passed away last July at the age of 92. John and I fished often at Mr. Neal's farm. Mr. Neal would drive down to the pond on his golf cart to say hello, he was always amazed how such a little guy could sit so quietly and fish...for hours. Mr. Neal was an Arabian Horse breeder, I remember taking my dad (a horse lover) to the farm to see these magnificent creatures. Mr. Neal was one of those special people who welcomed everyone...always. How blessed I am to have this man as a memory.

15 comments:

Donna said...

God bless America and our troops today - and EVERY day! Hugs to you, sweetie!

Single and loving it said...

Wow I was on vacation a few days and look at all I missed.

Belated Happy Birthday to John and thank you for serving our country.

Mud Puppy, the military may be able to strangle your rights to print what you feel, but they can never take away the man you are inside. Write whatever will keep you safe, then as you said, write a book. You're an awesome writer!

Congrats to Capt. Michael Fox and thank you for your service.

God Bless all the men and women serving this great country.

AirmanMom said...

donna...thank you!!!

AirmanMom said...

single...welcome back! Thanks for stopping by and reading my words!

USA_Admiral said...

Wonderful post!

AirmanMom said...

admiral...I thank you for stopping by!

christian soldier said...

Great site---thank you for your comment on mine...
GOD bless our BEST...
C-Cs

christian soldier said...

You are linked on my favorites list...
C-CS

coffeypot said...

The US Army's Birthday and the day set aside for Flag Day. I give a military salute to both.

You got me, too. As much of a history buff as I am, and as much as I have read on people who have been a great part of our history, I did not know that Betsy Ross was in her 20's when she supposedly created our flag. (I say ‘supposedly’ because I have heard that her making the first flag is a myth.) Now I'll spend a few hours reading up on this young lady.

AirmanMom said...

cs...Thank you for stopping by. I truly enjoyed my visit to your site and will stop by again soon!!!

AirmanMom said...

cs...I thank you!

AirmanMom said...

coffeypot...please pass along if you find this info to be inaccurate. It is always fun to learn something new! As always, I thank you for your service! It's such an honor to have you read my blog!

AirmanMom said...

donna...fyi-I get booted out of your blog when I enter. I read that blogger has a glitch with the FOLLOWER widget and if it is moved towards the bottom of the sidebar, it helps. I don't know if I am the only one having trouble entering your site or not.....

Mary said...

AM,

Awesome post and packed full of history. Happy Flag Day. I hope you had a wonderful day.

I've done a bit of catching up and read and commented on Mudpuppy's post. Drop by when you can. I have some photos of Niagara Falls.

Blessings,
Mary

AirmanMom said...

mary...thank you for stopping by. I look forward to reading your Niagra Falls post, I've been there once and would love to return.....one day!