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.