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Hey! It’s Almost OUR Birthday!

June 29th, 2014 by stephanie

I love birthdays.

I think they should be special. And happy. But then, who doesn’t really want a true Birthday Bash that does them proud?search

As we get ready this weekend to celebrate the birth of our nation, I have to admit, I never cease to be amazed at the miracle of America. It’s beyond the imagination that we, as 13 struggling colonies, ever made it to this fascinating experiment that became known as the United States of America.

I have a friend born on the 4th, and we have always celebrated my grandmother’s birthday, which falls on the 7th as well. She will be 96 this year, and we are so blessed to still have her there to party with us.

Where EVER you are this Independence Day, be sure to pull out a flag or wear some of that ole Americana Red, White & Blue. Let’s add some spirit to the places we visit and the people we spend time with. I know our family will! My uncle will have on his July 4 shirt, no doubt, and I can’t wait to see it!

With that, here’s to faith, family and freedom.

And to you, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

A very HAPPY 4th to you. And…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

S.

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Saturday is Flag Day!

June 11th, 2014 by stephanie

Did you know?  June 14th is FLAG DAY.

Whether your home, or office, vehicle or place of business, be sure to sport your Patriotism this weekend.

If you don’t have a flag, try the Dollar Store at the least. But don’t delay. Now is the time to locate that flag and fly it. Maybe you have one that you hang out in front of your home, or, perhaps you prefer one in your window. Even one of those table top stands that lets you set a mini flag on your kitchen or dining room table or your desk at work. Anything will do.

Where did this special day come from?

President Woodrow Wilson (in 1916) issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 1949 (a few years after WWII) that National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day is not actually an official federal holiday. Pennsylvania, however, made it a state holiday. (Good for them! ) Flag Day used to include parades and festivities.  The real question is, how will you celebrate it this year? My dining room table will be decorated, the door will have something too, and I think I’ll stick some flags in the grass again, just for old times sake.

Just my thoughts.
S.

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D-Day is June 6.

June 5th, 2014 by stephanie

It seems that from the end of May to July is quite the time to be Patriotic. In that span of time we have:snagbetty009_005

I love this time of year. You can put the flags up and keep them up! It’s so cool. There’s a story I never tire of sharing. I hope you enjoy it too. And don’t forget to pull out your Red, White and Blue if you haven’t already. 🙂

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Sitting in a hotel room on the coast of England, Allied Commander Eisenhower knew that a small window of opportunity was all that he had with which to work. Weather was terrible. But if it broke, as they had been notified it might, 150,000 Allied soldiers would be deployed to land on the shores of Normandy.

The General’s 5000-vessel armada stretched as far as the eye could see. Over 150,000 men and nearly 30,000 vehicles were now making their way across the English Channel and were heading to France.
This amazing collection included:

  • Six parachute regiments with over 13,000 men. (These guys were flown from nine British airfields in over 800 planes.)
  • 300 planes that would drop 13,000 bombs over coastal Normandy (Before the parachute teams arrived in order  to prepare the way.)
  • Paratroopers that would drop at 1am. (But, would the weather hold? At a height of only 300 feet, in complete darkness, they would have to think and move fast!)
  • Men in PT boats who were racing towards the shore as well. (Many would get close. Some would fall short. As soldiers poured out into the waters, the 70 pound packs would sink and drown many who thought the sand lay directly beneath their feet.)

By nightfall, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers would be dead or wounded, but… more than 100,000 would make it ashore! They would manage to secure French coastal villages previously held hostage by Hitler’s regime.

These were depression-era kids. Teens really. The scrappy boys that had learned to make it on their own. Those innate tricks of survival that only hard times seem to produce. Could there have been any better training ground to prepare them for the day ahead? Horrible conditions, impossible orders, and a ruthless world tyrant to boot. Truly, an awesome task. (Sometimes our current circumstances may merely be preparation for something in your life to come!)

Survivors of that day, and those wishing to remember, will gather once again on those French beaches on June 6. To honor. To think. It will be a very solemn day.

May we remember, as well.

Just my thoughts,

S.

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