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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Countdown: 3 - 2 - 1

Day after tomorrow we will be celebrating the 4th of July. Are you ready for the celebration? Have you made out a list, gone through it a dozen times, completed most of your shopping, turned your prep area into a Betty Crocker kitchen, invited family and guests over for a BBQ? There is a good chance you answered Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! and Yes!

But wait...STOP! Did you remember a most important part...a role that should have been center stage all week? The flying of the American Flag! Not only America's flag but also wave and/or take notice of any military flags waving proudly over our nation...Know That Flag!


YOU CAN BET, for each passing day that the flag is not waving, especially on a national holiday, someone somewhere is smiling because of its absence. The enemy does not sleep.

Continuing this year's Countdown:
2 - Remember Our Troops
1 - Happy Independence Day




Pledge of Allegiance: 

Say it and mean it!
The Pledge of Allegiance was originally composed by Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) in 1892. It received official recognition from Congress in 1942 but was not formally adopted by Congress as the pledge until 1945. Bellamy's intention was creation of a pledge that would be used by the citizens of any country. The Pledge has been modified four times since its composition.

Official versions
(changes in
red bold italics)
1892
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the republic for which it stands,
one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
1892 to 1922
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the republic for which it stands:

one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
1923
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States, and to the republic 
for which it stands;

one Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
1924 to 1954
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and 
to the republic for which it stands;

one Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
1954 to Present
"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."
  


As you watch the video below and listen to the words of Red Skelton, keep in mind this was produced in the year 1969! 

 

Something to Think About

Why IS this day
So widely celebrated?
Sparks and sparklers
Never become outdated

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Picnics and outings
Set the stage
For hotdogs and beer
The day's rage

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Raucous celebrations
Reign through the night
Yet how many remember
The nation's plight?

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Waves across the nation
Sacrifices made
Call for celebration

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For 'twas it not
For those who died
Would this country
Be unified

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Raise your glasses
Toasting with cheer
America's freedom
Remains one more year

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Look to our ancestors
Who fought to win
Sacrificing their all
For freedom to begin

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Should we be misguided
Sorely blood stained
Will fading memories
Ne'er be regained?

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Within every story
Beginning, middle or end
Lie choices and sacrifice
Are you ready to pitch in?

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Sharla Lee Shults

  "On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind." Dan Lipinski

America continues to FIGHT for her FREEDOM!
Proudly wave the American flag every day of the year!


"For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Are you ready for your 4th of July crowd?
Start with an appeteaser...

http://www.jehancancook.com/?p=752

Red , White and Bruschetta...


yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

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