I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag of the United States of America . . . Please Join Me in Honoring Our Country, Our Flag and the Army
Today is a day to stand up and be proud to be an American. It is a day to give a push back to those who oppose our nation, those who disrespect our flag, and who do dishonor to our veterans – the very people who have fought, suffered, sacrificed and died so that even the stupid, ill informed, disrespectful, give-me-something-free, good-for-nothing moocher crowd can have their right to free speech. Today we celebrate patriotism at its very core, and this day will resonate to the very center of all red-blooded, God and country loving citizens. You are welcome here, so pull up a chair for today’s celebrations.
Flag Day – Today is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag represents our independence and our unity as a nation…..one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history, for it has been at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many have died to protect it. As Americans we SHOULD be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. Please show your pride in our flag and display it in your homes, at your places of business and respect the way it is treated in your presence. There is a proper way to display the flag. The American flag should be always treated as something precious and treasured. Here are the details of how to properly display the flag:
- The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
- In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
- The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
- The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
- After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It’s called “half staff” on land ,and “half mast” on a ship.
- When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or “union”, is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
- The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
- The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
- Never let your flag touch the ground, never…period.
- Fold your flag when storing. Don’t just stuff it in a drawer or box.
- When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.
There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see.Your local Boy Scout group knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, attend the ceremony.
Army’s Birthday – At the beginning of the American Revolution the rebellious colonies did not possess an army in the sense that we know it to be. The revolutionaries put together an amateur force of colonial troops, pulled together from various New England militia companies. They did not have a unified chain of command, and even though Artemas Ward of Massachusetts was informally in charge, officers from other colonies were not obligated to obey his orders. The American volunteers were led, equipped, armed, paid for and supported by the colonies from which they were raised. In the spring of 1775, this “army” was about to confront British troops near Boston, Massachusetts. The revolutionaries had to re-organize their forces quickly if they were to have a chance against Britain’s experienced professionals. They saw the need to enlist the support of all the American seaboard colonies, so the Massachusetts Provincial Congress appealed to the Second Continental Congress is Philadelphia to take authority for the New England army. According to historical reports John Adams requested Congress to vote to adopt the Boston troops on June 14th, but there isn’t a written record of this decision. Also on June 14th, Congress resolved to form a committee to “bring in a draft of rules and regulations for the government of the Army” and voted $2,000,000 to support the forces around Boston and those at New York City. Congress also authorized the formation of ten companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, which were directed to march to Boston to support the New England militia. George Washington received his appointment as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army the next day, and he formally took command at Boston on July 3, 1775.
From those beginnings to today – we are thankful for our Army, for all who serve and for all of their sacrifice. Happy Birthday United States Army!
Pause for the Pledge Day – The pledge has been taken out of many schools, the wording has been changed in many locals to remove God from our pledge. There are those in our leadership who refuse to recite our pledge or put their right hand over their heart when saying it as a sign of respect. Please join me, in a display of respect for our flag and for our nation, in a recitation of our Pledge of Allegiance. Stand and place your right hand over your heart, and if you have a flag within viewing distance, please face it while saying the pledge:
and to the Republic for which it stands:one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all!
Food Celebration of the Day –
- Strawberry Shortcakes With Balsamic Honey
- Chocolate Shortcakes With Mixed Berries
- Bananas Foster Shortcake
- Gingered Blueberry Shortcake
- Ginger Shortcakes With Cranberry Pear Compote
- Honey Shortcakes With Strawberries
Thank you for being here today, and for spending today celebrating our nation, our flag and the Army. May your day be filled with love for God and country. God Bless You. I’ll see you tomorrow.