Saturday, June 14, 2014

Flag Day


Photo:  Reuters

History Lesson: Poor forgotten Flag Day is like the awkward little brother of July 4th.  If you are still the owner of a paper calendar, you will find Flag Day noted on June 14th. The date commemorates the day in 1777 when the Second Constitutional Congress adopted the 13-stars and 13-stripes flag for the new nation. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing June 14 as the official date to honor the flag.

This is a clip of the National Anthem played when networks signed off for the night. This was played on WITI Fox 6 when it signed off for transmitter maintenance only once in 2004. After that it never signed off for the night again. 

Video: National Anthem on TV – “Flag Evolution

Video: Flag Day Today – Celebrating Old Glory United States Adopted American Flag June 14, 1777  -  h/t to Fox and Friends 2013

America’s Patriotic Season

Franklin D. Roosevelt Progressive Flag Day Address

The Spirit of man has awakened
The Soul of man has gone forth

Grant us the wisdom and the vision
to comprehend the greatness of man’s Spirit
that suffers and endures so hugely for a goal
beyond his own brief span

We are all of us children of Earth
Grant us that simple knowledge

If our brothers are oppressed,
then we are oppressed

If they hunger, we hunger

If their freedom is taken away,
our freedom is not secure

Grant us a common faith,
that man shall know bread and peace
That he shall know justice and righteousness,
Freedom and security, an equal opportunity,
and an equal chance to do his best,
not only in our own lands, but throughout the world.

And in that faith, let us march, march toward the clean world,
our hands can make. Amen

-Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 14, 1942  -  Some things just keep coming back around!

And a shot of our Progressive President… when he thought nobody was watching…

No Pledge for Me

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