Happy Birthday America!


And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

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Traditions and celebrations from the past:

  • In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, once at morning and once again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.
  • In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute. Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadorsJohn Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.
  • In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5.
  • In 1781 the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.
  • In 1783, Moravians in Salem, North Carolina, held a celebration of July 4 with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was titled “The Psalm of Joy.” This is recognized as the first recorded celebration and is still celebrated there today.
  • In 1791 the first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred.
  • In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.
  • In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

via: wikipedia.com

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independence
of thee I sing

our colors

ever mindful

#4thofjuly

How Americans celebrated the 4th of July 111 years Ago


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Fife and drum

The 4th of July doesn’t mean much anymore except for a day off work and an excuse to party. This certainly isn’t the empire the founding fathers imagined when they risked their lives fighting the English overlords in the late 1700’s. In 2013 the idea of a free republic still existing in America is a fantasy, replaced by a technocratic police state ran by foreign banks and globalist loyalists intent on destroying the very core that makes us  American – The Constitution.

Here are some images and news articles from the 4th of July 1903. Read more

22 Reasons The 4th Of July Is America’s Greatest Holiday


Fireworks

Beer tanks…

When you can dress head to toe in AMERICA.

Clear your schedule…

Wear your finest red, white, and blue…

DON’T FORGET YOUR BEER COOZIE AMERICAN COWBOY HOODIE…

And celebrate your freedom.

Follow the link below to see the rest of this collection! Have a fun and SAFE 4th of July. Don’t forget WHY we’re free.  🙂

NOTE: I didn’t notice the suggestive nature of the above fireworks image until after I posted. Apologies if it offends anyone.  ~Anna

via 22 Reasons The 4th Of July Is America’s Greatest Holiday.

Midweek MIL-speak: 3 July 2014


 

NOTE: NSFW; language may be offensive to some. 

Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage.

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Vandoo or Van Doo
(Canada) Nickname for the Royal 22e Régiment, based on the English perception of the French pronunciation for “22” (Vingt-deux); said to have lead the Germans to believe the regiment was named Voodoo Regiment during WWI or WWII. Read more

A Nation’s Strength


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What makes a nation’s pillars high
And its foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?

It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust,
Their glory to decay.

And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet;
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor’s sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly…
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1904)

The Top Ten Battles of All Time: #3 Stalingrad


By Michael Lee Lanning
Lt. Col. (Ret.) U.S. Army

The following list is not a ranking of decisive engagements, but rather a ranking of battles according to their influence on history. Each narrative details location, participants, and leaders of the battle, and also provides commentary on who won, who lost, and why. Narratives also evaluate each battle’s influence on the outcome of its war and the impact on the victors and losers. Read more

Fly Over Washington: Potomac Flying Service


Hoover Airport

Washington-Hoover Airport  was demolished in 1941. This is where the Pentagon stands today.
The Pentagon

The date of establishment of Hoover Field Hoover Airport, Washington’s first commercial airport, has not been determined.

It was located across the river in nearby Arlington, VA, southwest of the intersection of the George Washington Parkway & the 14th Street Bridge. The earliest depiction which has been located of Hoover Field was on the 1923 Washington-NY Airway Map (courtesy of David Brooks), which depicted it (unlabeled) with the red cross & circle airfield symbol. Read more