We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Tomorrow, June 14, is Flag Day. So, please get out your flag for your house or flag lapel pin or whatever, and celebrate our flag and what it represents.
The Thomas More Law Center helps us:
"A Brief History of Flag Day:
On June 14, 1777, Continental Congress adopted the American Flag in the First Flag Act. They declared: "That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation."
Over 100 years later, in 1885, a small-town Wisconsin teacher named Bernard Cigrand came up with the idea of an annual flag birthday to be celebrated every June 14. He lobbied Congress for years to celebrate it as a national holiday. He is sometimes called the "Father of Flag Day." In the following years, many schools and communities observed their own flag celebrations. On May 7, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first state to establish Flag Day as a legal holiday, a recognition that Pennsylvania holds today.
Both President Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, issued proclamations asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, that Congress approved the national observance, and President Harry Truman signed it into law.
The U.S. government encourages its citizens to display Old Glory outside of their homes and businesses. Today is a day of reflection as we consider the sacrifices our ancestors made and consider how we might carry on their work so that our children and grandchildren may live in the freedom the Stars and the Stripes majestically proclaim.
God Bless America"
And sing along "You're a grand old flag" with James Cagney as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy
I just recently moved to a small town. It is one of those places that has a hundred flags down the main street, signs that say they honor vets and you could walk anywhere anytime day or night and be safe and respected. I have always loved seeing and respecting our flag. I love the national anthem and feel proud standing for it. I love the pledge of allegiance and stood up and repeated everyday of my twelve years in school as a child. I feel sad that in many of our communities these ideas and feelings are absent. What a shame; what a loss.