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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....06-14-06 ... Flag Day at the Finest
6-14-06 | JustAmy

Posted on 06/13/2006 9:52:05 PM PDT by JustAmy



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.
A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in need; and congratulate those deserving. We strive to keep our threads entertaining, fun, and pleasing to look at, and often have guest writers contribute an essay, or a profile of another FReeper.
On Mondays please visit us to see photos of A FEW OF FR'S VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY
If you have a suggestion, or an idea, or if there's a FReeper you would like to see featured, please drop one of us a note in FR mail.
We're having fun and hope you are!

~ Billie, Dutchess, DollyCali, GodBlessUSA, JustAmy ~













A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

From our Nation's earliest days, Old Glory has stood for America's strength, unity, and liberty. During Flag Day and National Flag Week, we honor this enduring American symbol and celebrate the hope and ideals that it embodies.

In 1777, the Second Continental Congress established the flag of a young Nation, whose 13 original states were represented in the flag's 13 stars and 13 alternating red and white stripes. Today, the Stars and Stripes commemorate the revolutionary truths of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. As Americans, we revere freedom and equality, the rights and dignity of every individual, and the supremacy of the rule of law. These fundamental beliefs have guided our country and lifted the fortunes of all Americans, and we have seen their power to transform other nations and deliver hope to people around the world.

During Flag Day and National Flag Week, we also honor the men and women who carry our flag into battle. Through their bravery and sacrifice, they help keep America safe and advance peace and freedom around the globe. By flying the flag, we express our gratitude to these heroes and all those who help ensure that the many blessings of our great country continue for generations to come.

To commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949, as amended (63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as "Flag Day" and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings. The Congress also requested, by joint resolution approved June 9, 1966, as amended (80 Stat. 194), that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as "National Flag Week" and calling upon all citizens of the United States to display the flag during that week.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2006, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 11, 2006, as National Flag Week. I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal Government buildings during that week, and I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by flying the Stars and Stripes from their homes and other suitable places. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day through Independence Day, also set aside by the Congress (89 Stat. 211), as a time to honor America, to celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.

GEORGE W. BUSH





Faded Flags

There are a lot of faded flags. They’ve grown a tattered gray,
That were so bright and vibrant when we hung them on that day.
The fresh pain now has faded, and control is grimly kept.
The hurt that washed into our soul made furrows as we wept.

Faded too is memory, perhaps a blessed thing,
Except we get reminders of the terror that they bring.
They think they can deflect us. They hope they can prevail.
I have a bit of news for them, WE ARE NOT GOING TO FAIL.

We showed our children Peace and Love, they turned a little green,
And found compelling entertainment in a video machine.
We watched in horror as they chortled at the gore,
We hardly knew that they were hardening for War.

Our enemies underestimate the ease with which we cringe,
For they haven’t seen our kids go on a video killing binge.
They are prepared for battle, all we need to say is go,
“Game over”’s when they’ll note the scores belonging to the foe.

We didn’t want them trained this way, but since it’s come about,
I think we ought to let the kids just let their feelings out.
They’ll vent a lot of anger, and we’ll cheer them from the side,
And they’ll sweep away the flaming horde just like a rising tide.

And faded colors of the flag will gain a brighter gleam,
As the new recruits are added to the old part of the team.
Some may return with wounds and mental hurt that keep them blue,
While others will be stellar in the things they have to do.

The purest of their valor will be shown within the fight,
And white will represent them in the dawn’s approaching light.
And yes, we will have casualties. Many smiles will end up dead.
And we’ll sew the bravest color in their shroud in brightest red.

NicknamedBob . . . . . . . . . . May 19, 2004





I Am Still The Same Old Flag

Hello, remember me? Some people call me Old Glory, others call me Stars and Stripes; I have been referred to as the Star Spangled Banner. But whatever they call me, I am your Flag, or as I proudly state ....the Flag of the United States of America.

There is something that has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you.... because it's about you and me. I remember some time ago, I think it was Memorial Day, people were lined up on both sides of the street to watch the parade. The town's high school band was behind me, and naturally, I was leading the parade. When your Daddy saw me coming along, waving in the breeze, he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that his right hand was directly over his heart. Remember? And you, Yes, I remember you. Standing there straight as a soldier. You didn't have a hat, but you were giving the correct salute. They taught you in school to place your right hand over your heart. Remember little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you. Oh, I was very proud as I came down your street.

There were some soldiers home on leave and they were standing at attention giving their military salute. Also, some V.F.W. veterans with their caps at jaunty angles were saluting smartly. Ladies as well as men, paid me the reverence I deserve. Now, I may sound a little conceited. Well, I am. I have a right to be, because I represent the finest country in the world.... the United States of America. More than one aggressive nation has tried to haul me down, but they all felt the fury of this freedom loving country. Remember...many of you had to go overseas to defend me.

What has happened? I'm still the same old Flag. Oh, I've had a couple more stars added since you were a boy. A lot more blood has been shed since that Memorial Day parade long ago. Dad is gone now, The home town has a new look.

The last time I came down your street, I saw that some of the old landmarks were gone, but in their place, shinning majestically in the sun, were a number of new buildings and homes. Yes sir, the old home town has changed.

But now....I don't feel as proud as I used to. When I came down your street, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets and give me a small glance, then look or turn away.

When I think of all the places I've been... Ansio, Guadalcanal, Battle of the Bulge, Korea, and Vietnam I wonder what's happened? I'm still the same old Flag.

But now I see children running around and shouting as I pass by. They don't seem to know who I am. I saw an old man take his hat off, and then look around. He didn't see anybody else with theirs off, so he quickly put his back on. Is it a sin to be an American anymore?

Have you forgotten what I stand for? Have you forgotten all the battlefields where men fought and died to keep this nation, your nation, free? When you salute me, you are actually saluting them.

Take a look at the Memorial Honor Rolls sometime. Look at the names of those who never came back, and are resting 'neath white crosses on a far away shore.

Some of them were friends or relatives of yours, maybe even went to school with you. That's who you're saluting....when you revere me. Well, it won't be long until I come down your street again. So when you see me, stand straight, place your hand over your heart, and you'll see me waving back. My salute to you, I'll show you that I too, remember!

~~~ Author Unknown ~~~





OUR DUTY TO OUR FLAG
Edgar Guest

Less hate and greed
Is what we need
And more of service true;
More men to love
The flag above
And keep it first in view.

Less boast and brag
About the flag,
More faith in what it means;
More heads erect,
More self-respect,
Less talk of war machines.

The time to fight
To keep it bright
Is not along the way,
Nor 'cross the foam,
But here at home
Within ourselves — today.

'Tis we must love
That flag above
With all our might and main;
For from our hands,
Not distant lands,
Shall come dishonor's stain.

If that flag be
Dishonored, we
Have done it, not the foe;
If it shall fall
We first of all
Shall be to strike a blow.





FRiends, let's celebrate Warm Fuzzy Wednesday by filling the Finest with flags today! Share a picture of your flag; or use one of your favorite flag graphics.





03-28-06 ~ Hall of Fame #15

THIS WEEK'S THREADS

06-12-06 Military Monday

06-13-06 Sunrise/Sunset

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Every Thursday at the Finest
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1 posted on 06/13/2006 9:52:08 PM PDT by JustAmy
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; The Mayor; deadhead; ...

2 posted on 06/13/2006 9:55:47 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie


Thank you for today's Graphics.
You are the best!

Happy Flag Day!

3 posted on 06/13/2006 10:06:42 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; GodBlessUSA; Mrs.Nooseman; Colonel_Flagg; snugs; ..


I AM THE FLAG
~Howard Schnauber~

I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up ... and see me.

I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners,
my head is a little higher,
my colors a little truer.

I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped -- I am saluted.
I am loved -- I am revered.
I am respected -- and I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every war
for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge,
Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appamatox.
I was there at San Juan Hill,
the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest,
Anzio, Rome, and the beaches of Normandy.
Guam, Okinawa, Korea and
KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me.
I was there.

I led my troops.
I was dirty, battleworn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me
And I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled
on the streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.

I have been soiled upon, burned, torn
and trampled on the streets of my country.
And when it's by those whom I've served in battle
-- it hurts.
But I shall overcome -- for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space
from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.

When I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent
at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.

My name is 'Old Glory'!
Long may I wave
o'er the land of the free
and the home of the brave.



GOD BLESS AMERICA
~~~~~~~~
GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!!!

4 posted on 06/13/2006 10:10:49 PM PDT by LUV W ("Rather than mourning those who have died, we should thank God that such men lived.")
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To: NicknamedBob


Thank you for "Faded Flags".
A perfect "oldie" for Flag Day.

5 posted on 06/13/2006 10:11:23 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: LUV W
Beautiful, Luv. Thank you.

I'm proud to be an American.
We've had a great week/day; it is with pride for our country and our President that we fly the flag today.
6 posted on 06/13/2006 10:16:49 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: hookman


It was a pleasure to pull your photo from the archives
to be used in today's thread.

Thank you!

7 posted on 06/13/2006 10:21:28 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy

You're welcome.

Yes, I am so proud of this man for his love of the troops, so strong that he will put himself in harm's way in order to show his support of them.

The flag flies a little prouder today!


8 posted on 06/13/2006 10:22:18 PM PDT by LUV W ("Rather than mourning those who have died, we should thank God that such men lived.")
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To: All; Finest FRiends




Below are names of some of our FReepers' loved ones who are serving our country. If you have someone you would like to add, please address a post to

Billie; Dutchess; DollyCali; The Mayor; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy,


and we will add their name to this list. As we pray for them, we pray also for all our nation’s leaders, and military personnel, and their families and friends. May God hold them close to His heart.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


gator girl........................husband
severa............husband, brother
Maigrey.........................cousin
mystery-ak...........son, husband
Gogrammy.................grandson
Inspectorette.......................son
deadhead.......................cousin
Blessed American..........nephew
Slip18..........................nephew
Diver Dave........niece, nephew
ConspiracyGuy........2 nephews
Pippin............niece's husband
sneakers..........................son
weldgophardline.....brotherinlaw
jamaly.................brotherinlaw
Future Snake Eater.......cousin
WaterDragon............grandson
WaterDragon...........son-in-law
BeforeISleep.....................son
kimmie7......................brother
Armymarinemom..........3 sons
american_ranger...............son
LadyX.......................grandson
fawn796......................nephew
ValerieUSA..................2 sons
Lakeside......................2 sons
LakeLady....................nephew
Spruce......................daughter
Bykrbayb..........................son
Leofl.................................son
chena...............................son
Hope and Glory..................son
Philman_36.............2 nephews
bjcintennessee........son, niece
TheMayor...............friends'son
Doug from Upland.......soninlaw
homeschoolmama........nephew
ariamne...................2 cousins
mhking.........................cousin
gonzo...................friend's son
visualops......................cousin
auboy..........................cousin
LoneRedRanger...brother-in-law
Ladysmith.nephew, friend's son
tina07......soninlaw & his friend
MontanaCowgirlCop......brother
nelibeli........................nephew
Misty4jc.....................husband
Colorado Slim..............nephew
Tapatio....................2 nephews
ProudAFDad......................son Alouette.............................son Katydidnt...........................son Zechariah_8_13....brother-in-law
Zechariah_8_13.............cousin
PreviouslyA-Lurker........brother
sheeza.......................husband
kemathen7..................husband
Q6-God..................twin brother
Q6-God....................active duty
Warrior Nurse...........active duty
SK1 Thurman...........active duty
David Osborne..........active duty
fc2tomschermuly......active duty
bkwells....................active duty
LongCut...................active duty
cjk...........................active duty
Trish........................active duty
ODC-GIRL................active duty
AF_Blue...................active duty
Notwithstanding........active duty
thumperusn..............active duty
Veloxherc.................active duty
Don Simmons...........active duty
wingnutx...................active duty
Old Sarge.................active duty
CGblue.....................active duty
bigghurtt...................active duty
frankiep....................active duty
veeceeque................active duty
JRios1968................active duty
NoLongerFreeState...active duty
CMS........................active duty
Tarheel................... Cousin
OhioWfan................................son
ladtx..................................2 sons
Its_me_K.E.T.........................son
Hostel............................cousin
MozartLover...........son, nephew
ak_daddoo........................nephew
Dubya............................nephew
LBGA (RIP)..........................son
katykelly..............................son
cookcounty.............................son
Himyar....................................son
SpookBrat........................nephew
SpookBrat........................cousin
boxerblues........................2 sons
the piper..............................son
Tiffee4Bob......................boyfriend
JimRobinson...............2 nephews
TexKat.......................son, step-son
StarCMC.............................brother
Consort........................2 daughters
Consort.......................son-in-law
Darheel...............................niece
Donaeus...........................nephew
BeAllYouCanBe........................son
Repubmommy........................brother
AgThorn................................2 sons
kneezles.................................son
RoseinRoseBear.....cousin's hubby
Atomic Conspiracy......half-brother
Atomic Conspiracy...........nephew
Atomic Conspiracy..............niece
Sunflowergal....................grandson
mrstank..............................husband
MrsMike31........................husband
spotbust1............................husband
campfollower............................fiance
LUV W........................................son
painter...................................nephew
SilentServiceCPOWife........husband
Walkenfree................2 grandsons
Walkenfree.................. 3 nephews
Walkenfree..................granddaughter
DirtyHarryY2K......................daughter
DirtyHarryY2K................son-in-law
Skimask.....................................son
Palladin...............................grandson
MississippyMuddy...................sister
MississippyMuddy.....2 nephews
Kramster...............................stepson
Socratic.............................nephew
Jemian...................................son
freema.......................nephew, son
Azbushgal..............................son
kimmykay.................................son
right2parent..............................son
NavySEAL F-16........................son
Ike..........................................son
repubmom...............................son
wolfcreek..........................daughter
JesseJane ...........................cousin
Roses0508..............................son
pmmd81..................................son
GodBlessUSA......................cousin
SoldiersPrayingMom.................son
WakeUpandVote..................brother
Skyraider.................................son
CyberAnt...........................nephew
mrs tiggywinkle...................cousin
Jen's Mom........................daughter
Meg33.............................grandson
911angelady........................2 sons
Nadine...............................nephew
U S Army EOD.................daughter
weldgophardline.......................son
jrushing....................................son
thehumanlynx...........brother-in-law
JFC..................................nephew
Earthdweller......................nephew
Scubachick.......................husband
ChairmanDec19thSociety ..brotherinlaw
Anthem..............................2 cousins
meanie monster .........family friend
PragmaticWarrior..........2 nephews
Sageb1 .........................3 cousins






9 posted on 06/13/2006 10:23:42 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy
Thank you for the post.

God Bless Our Country

God Bless Our Military

God Bless Our Freedoms


10 posted on 06/13/2006 10:32:09 PM PDT by easonc52
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To: LUV W; FRiends


It is my bedtime. I'll see you in a few hours.

Have a Warm Fuzzy Wednesday flying the flag.

11 posted on 06/13/2006 10:32:39 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy

Morning Amy, our rainy season has started with a large whimper!


12 posted on 06/13/2006 10:33:31 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: easonc52
That is a wonderful graphic, Easonc52. Thank you for sharing it.

Yess .....
God Bless Our Country

God Bless Our Military

God Bless Our Freedoms

God Bless Our President.

13 posted on 06/13/2006 10:36:57 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: dixie sass

Good morning/evening, Dixie. I enjoy thunder storms, if I'm watching from inside. :)

WE don't usually get any summer rain but we have had some high clouds for a couple of days.

The clouds have cooled our temperatures but I expect it will get hot again next week. :)


14 posted on 06/13/2006 10:40:40 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy
Evenin' Amy.

Your Pledge has brought forth tears of pride in our flag and in our troops. Can't help it, a combination of the two just has that effect on this old dog.

Just ran through my files and it's hard to choose which one to post, but for starters, here's one from the FResno FReepers Picnic, 04.

A Table Set for One...

15 posted on 06/13/2006 10:43:09 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: JustAmy
God Bless Our President.

Yes, thank you for adding President.

I was so proud Tuesday!

16 posted on 06/13/2006 10:45:55 PM PDT by easonc52
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To: JustAmy

Alberto came for dinner, stayed for supper and then decided to stay overnight! First named storm of the season.

I like the thread, really sharp.


17 posted on 06/13/2006 10:46:44 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: JustAmy
...and here's one from one of my favorite patriotic ladies...


18 posted on 06/13/2006 10:49:55 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: JustAmy; All
It was my pleasure, as always, to help you with your graphics. :-)

Happy Flag Day to all!


19 posted on 06/13/2006 10:57:32 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage.)
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To: JustAmy; All

BTTT! Thanks.


20 posted on 06/14/2006 3:52:02 AM PDT by PGalt
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