Thank You to Our Veterans

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To those who served the United States of America and our citizens, thank you from the bottom of my heart. We in America live the good lives we do because of your sacrifice and your patriotism.

If you see a Veteran today, thank him or her.

Fourth of July

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Happy Birthday to the USA! Hope you have a great holiday!

See twitter and instagram for some parade photos from Port Jefferson, NY.

Red, White and Blue

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What are your plans for July 4th? Heading to the ocean? Visiting with friends and family? How do you celebrate the freedom we enjoy in the United States of America?

Independence Day

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For the land of the free and the home of the brave. I hope you had a great Independence Day, however you chose to celebrate our freedom.

Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day 2011. A flag flying proud in Bethel, VT.

Thank you veterans and families. Because of you, most of us will never understand the sacrifices you made day after day. Thank you for everything and for preserving and improving our American way of life. Happy Veterans Day.

You’re a Grand Old Flag

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag,
And forever in peace may you wave,
You’re the emblem of the Land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
 
Every heart beats true
‘Neath the red, white, and blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag,
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.
 

American flag photograph by Erin O'Shea.

 

Happy Flag Day! Who else remembers Flag Day in elementary school? We’d all dress up in red, white, and blue, answer questions about the flag, and have a ceremony outside around the flag pole. One of my teachers had us sing “You’re a Grand Old Flag” after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, every single day. Though, until recently, I hadn’t realized that those verses above are only the chorus of a song.

“You’re a Grand Old Flag” was written by George M. Cohan in 1906. He wrote it for his stage musical, George Washington, Jr. Find out more at the Library of Congress song collection.

Proud to Be an American

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea.  He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.  ~Adlai Stevenson

Happy Fourth!

You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high flying flag

And forever in peace may you wave

You’re the emblem of, the land I love

The home of the free and the brave.

Want the full lyrics and music? Click here (music will start right away, fyi). I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!