Tuesday, June 14, 2011
For Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation.....one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon.
On this day in 1777 the Continental Congress adopted our flag. Of course back then there were only 13 stars, and later The Star Spangled Banner was written about the version with 15 stars, but anyway it's the same essential design. Future versions of the flag may have to squeeze in even more stars, but that's happened 28 times over the years, so we'll figure it out.
As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride!
Since 1982, The American Flag Foundation has sponsored The Annual National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance – an annual patriotic event to encourage all citizens and communities across the nation to pause and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:00 p.m. EST.
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
On January 14, 1969, I presented "The Little Old Man" as a teacher. The time was 1923.The students had finished reciting the Pledge of Allegiance which at the time was but 10 years old. The old sage called the children together and said--Boys and girls, I have been listening to you recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it appears that it has become monotonous to you or could it be you do not know the meaning of those words. If I may, I would like to recite the Pledge and give to you a definition of the words.
I----meaning 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 is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job.Of the United----that means that we have all come together.States----individual communities that have united into 48 great states. 48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common cause, and that's love of country.Of America. And to the Republic----a 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----meaning, so blessed by God.Indivisible----incapable of being divided.With Liberty----which is freedom and the right of power to live one's life without threats or fear or any sort of retaliation.And justice----The principle and quality of dealing fairly with others.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 nation, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance under God. Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said, That's a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools, too?
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup half and half
1 egg, beaten
2 cups Whipped cream; sweetened
6 Strawberries, whole
Combine next four ingredients; cut in butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine half-and-half and egg, stirring well; add to flour mixture, stirring just until well moistened.
Spread mixture in a lightly greased 8" square baking pan. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; turn out onto a wire rack.
Cut shortcake into equal pieces; slice each piece crosswise in half. Place bottom half of shortcake, cut side up, on an individual serving plate; top with a dollop of whipped cream and strawberry mixture.
Add second layer of shortcake; cut side down; top with a dollop of whipped cream and strawberry mixture.
Garnish with an additional dollop of whipped cream. Add a whole strawberry for garnish. Repeat for each shortcake.
Is freedom's shield and hope.
You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
George M. Cohan
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