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Today is Flag Day and This is National Flag Week
stratford.patch.com ^ | 06-14-2011 | By Deborah St. Thomas

Posted on 06/14/2011 7:06:05 AM PDT by Red Badger

Debbie’s Daily Dose of Food for Thought

The stars and stripes of our flag are known round the world. Here is the first stanza of a poem to ponder and a few things to know about our flag and Flag Day.

“There’s a flag hangs over my threshold, whose folds are more dear to me

Than the blood that thrills in my bosom its earnest of liberty;

And dear are the stars it harbors in its sunny field of blue

As the hope of a further heaven that lights all our dim lives through.”

-- Julie Ward Howe (American Poet, 1819 – 1910)

History

According to timeanddate.com, the Continental Congress replaced the Grand Union flag with the first American flag on June 14, 1777. The new flag featured, “13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state.” It is not certain who made the first flag, but it might have been Betsy Ross. She was a Philadelphia seamstress who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy.

Symbols on the Flag

The design on our flag, also know as “Old Glory” and the “Star-Spangled Banner,” has changed over the years. It now features “13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars.” Each star represents one of the 50 states and the 13 stripes stand for the first states in the Union, the original 13 colonies.

When Did Flag Day Become Official?

President Harry Truman proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day in August 1949. In 1966, Congress requested the week of June 14 become National Flag Week.

How to Observe Flag Day

Our flag represents our country and freedom. Many people display the American Flag at their home, office, or public building in honor of Flag Day. Read our story about proper American Flag etiquette and click here for more information about Flag Day and The National Flag Day Foundation. How will you be celebrating Flag Day today?


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: flag; flagday; flagweek; godblesstheusa; national; nationalemblem; nationalflagweek; oldglory; starstripes

1 posted on 06/14/2011 7:06:14 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Ours is flying in the sun with a nice breeze.


2 posted on 06/14/2011 7:14:41 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Red Badger

"Ragged Old Flag"

Johnny Cash sings Ragged Old Flag

3 posted on 06/14/2011 7:19:37 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster - Sun Tzu)
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To: Right Wing Assault

B R A V O ! ! !............

4 posted on 06/14/2011 7:20:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Iron Munro

B R A V O ! ! ! ! !.............

5 posted on 06/14/2011 7:21:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Red Badger
Video: Tea Partier sings 4th verse of Star Spangled Banner
6 posted on 06/14/2011 7:23:47 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Red Badger
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Old Glory flying at the MacNessa Mansion.


Lamh Foistenach Abu!
7 posted on 06/14/2011 7:31:30 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Texas Eagle

He sings it better than any of those so=called rock stars do, adding their extra riffs and notes to a perfectly fine anthem. Thank you for posting and thanks to the Marine.


8 posted on 06/14/2011 7:33:54 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Red Badger

http://www.theholidayzone.com/flag/poems.htm

“Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country’s flag,” she said.


9 posted on 06/14/2011 8:55:14 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Red Badger
- Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance -

(click to listen on YouTube)

The following words were spoken by the late Red Skelton on his television program as he related the story of his teacher,
Mr. Laswell, who felt his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely something to recite in class each day.

Now, more than ever, listen to the meaning of these words:

"I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though
it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?"

I: Me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge: Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.

Allegiance: My love and my devotion.

To the flag: Our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there's respect
because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job!

United: That means that we have all come together.

States: Individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity
and purpose; all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that's love for country.

And to the Republic: A state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern.
And government is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands, one nation: One nation, meaning "so blessed by God"

Indivisible: Incapable of being divided.

With liberty: Which is freedom -- the right of power to live one's own life without threats, fear or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice: The principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.

For all: For all. Which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the pledge of Allegiance:

UNDER GOD Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools too?

God Bless America!


10 posted on 06/14/2011 9:17:07 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster - Sun Tzu)
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To: Red Badger

BTT

Can’t believe this thread doesn’t have several hundred comments.

IT’S FLAG DAY, PEOPLE!


11 posted on 06/14/2011 11:25:29 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster - Sun Tzu)
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To: Iron Munro

I thought the same thing, but was gonna wait until late in the day to say anything...................sad.........8^(


12 posted on 06/14/2011 11:28:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Iron Munro; Admin Moderator

Could we get this put in breaking news?...........Some people might not realize this..............


13 posted on 06/14/2011 11:30:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Iron Munro

If this was a Weiner thread it would have 500 comments by now....................


14 posted on 06/14/2011 11:33:22 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Red Badger

BTT with Breaking News added


15 posted on 06/14/2011 11:52:48 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster - Sun Tzu)
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To: Red Badger

Flag proudly flying here!


16 posted on 06/14/2011 12:01:23 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: ohioWfan

B R A V O ! ! !...........

17 posted on 06/14/2011 12:05:42 PM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: Red Badger
Thanks for the thread, Red Badger.

I remember the day, but the rest of the thread is good for the soul. :)

I hope it gets lots of traffic today.

(And I'm proud to say that our neighborhood has LOTS of flags flying!)

18 posted on 06/14/2011 12:10:26 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: Red Badger

19 posted on 06/14/2011 12:14:59 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: Red Badger

Flag flying here.


20 posted on 06/14/2011 12:17:03 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene

B R A V O ! ! !.............

21 posted on 06/14/2011 12:18:54 PM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: RasterMaster

B R A V O ! ! !............

22 posted on 06/14/2011 12:20:08 PM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: All

23 posted on 06/14/2011 12:25:12 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: All
Happy Birthday, U.S. Army....


24 posted on 06/14/2011 12:30:35 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: Red Badger

25 posted on 06/14/2011 1:00:30 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Red Badger

Awesome post!!

THE FLAG IS GONE. Have You Noticed ????

http://knowledgecreatespower.blogspot.com/2011/06/flag-is-gone-have-you-noticed.html

THE FLAG IS GONE. Have You Noticed ????

Patriot Freedom says:

ALARMING! - THE FLAG IS GONE. Have You Noticed ????

What is missing at Barack Hussein Obama’s press conference?
No it is not the teleprompters. See the other presidents pics for a clue below.

Trust me when I say that this is intentional. It should
alarm every American.

For a long time, we have noticed that the decor at the White House has changed since BHO moved in.

The Oval Office is now stripped of the traditional red, white, and blue, and replaced with middle eastern wallpaper, drapes, and decor… The hallway that he walks out of to talk to the press now has middle eastern chairs, drapes, etc. And the thing that has bothered me the most is the bright yellow drape behind him every time he speaks from the white house.

It has Arabic symbols on it and has been there from the beginning.

Today I received this and it clearly shows what I have been noticing.
That bright yellow curtain is highly visible, but as you scroll down,
you will see what is predominantly absent. Also, as you look at
the pictures of other presidents speaking from the same spot, look
at the traditional ‘American’ background and decor as opposed to
the new decor.


26 posted on 06/14/2011 1:36:54 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Red Badger

27 posted on 06/14/2011 6:37:39 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,)
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To: Red Badger

I pledged allegiance with my son’s fourth grade public school class today. I was on my way out the door when they started in, so I turned around and did it with them. I think the teacher expected me to keep on walking, but I needed to set a good example for the kids.

We also said the pledge of allegiance before each Little League game this season, and the Little League pledge has a line about loyalty to our country in it, too.

There may be plenty of places where our flag is just a prop, but around here, we’re still proud American flag wavers.


28 posted on 06/14/2011 7:45:21 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: married21
For the low-life POS (steak sauce) who was too cowardly to post their thoughts here and sent me a PM instead exclaiming "flags are overrated, USA sux", this is for you...

Love it or get the hell out!

29 posted on 06/14/2011 7:59:42 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: All


30 posted on 06/14/2011 8:03:15 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: Red Badger

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
31 posted on 06/14/2011 8:15:20 PM PDT by ari-freedom (All we are saying....is give the military a chance)
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To: All


32 posted on 06/14/2011 8:21:36 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: All

http://www.greencastlemuseum.org/Special_Exhibits/flags.htm


33 posted on 06/14/2011 8:24:15 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: RasterMaster


34 posted on 06/14/2011 8:46:09 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: All

35 posted on 06/14/2011 8:47:21 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: RasterMaster

It wasn’t me! Good gracious.


36 posted on 06/14/2011 8:47:36 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Red Badger

This Ain’t No Rag It’s A Flag by Charlie Daniels

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT4Wh1Eg3xM


37 posted on 06/14/2011 8:54:35 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: All


38 posted on 06/14/2011 8:58:22 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: RasterMaster

John Wayne - The Pledge of Allegiance

39 posted on 06/14/2011 9:06:38 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: All

John Wayne - The Pledge of Allegiance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyOJbRRI3Ys

America - Why I Love Her

http://www.youtube.com/v/yQM1oLnMLNU

Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZBTyTWOZCM


40 posted on 06/14/2011 9:17:20 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: RasterMaster

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q65KZIqay4E

Have You Forgotten?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpLyZLV4t_I


41 posted on 06/14/2011 9:30:48 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: All

BATTLE HYMN OF THE US REPUBLIC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5mmFPyDK_8


42 posted on 06/14/2011 10:13:22 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: Red Badger; ConorMacNessa; Admin Moderator

Admin Moderator, please check the offensive keywords for this thread.


43 posted on 06/14/2011 10:18:30 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: Gene Eric

(The Story of) Battle Hymn of the Republic - By Orson Welles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GCfM60RriM


44 posted on 06/14/2011 11:12:49 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: All

Progressives Desperately Try To Smear Colonel West on Flag Day

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2734875/posts


45 posted on 06/15/2011 12:21:07 AM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: Gene Eric; Admin Moderator; Red Badger
Admin Moderator - At this hour the offensive keywords are still there. Would you please delete them? Thanks.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
46 posted on 06/15/2011 4:35:01 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: RasterMaster; Red Badger; Admin Moderator

Ya, RasterMaster, I received two offensive private FRmails from steak sauce, as well. It seems steak sauce has also added several offensive key words to this thread.


47 posted on 06/15/2011 4:42:31 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Admin Moderator

Ah, I posted too soon. Thank you, Admin Moderator. I see the key words have been taken care of.


48 posted on 06/15/2011 4:45:28 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Iron Munro; Red Badger

Honestly, I never saw this thread until 10:25 AM Eastern time today, June 15. I have never heard that the entire week is considered Flag week but I proudly wore my flag shirt at work yesterday and the flag from my car window. (I live in an apartment building that flies an illuminated flag 24 hours a day.)

I am blessed by all the pictures here and by Red Skeleton’s commentary; I remember seeing that on TV years ago—as a rerun, not first time :-)


49 posted on 06/15/2011 7:44:12 AM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (everything written by me on FR is my personal opinion & does not represent my employer)
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