The United States of America's Independence Day is two days away and my family and I will celebrate the 4th of July in Boston, Massachusetts, home of the Boston Common, deigned this country's first city park in 1634. The fifty acres is the Central Park of Boston - with swan boats!
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, and The Constitution, 1787
The American flag
Check: Betsy Ross designed it Check: The stripes represent the original 13 states, the stars represent all the states in the Union.
Easy, right? But I'd forgotten what the Red, White and Blue represent. (Please tell me I'm not the only one!)
Red - courage
White - purity
Blue - loyalty
(A note about my history resources: I have access to this quint little secondhand bookshop in the SW Ozarks of Missouri :-))) and happen to have on the shelves several history books and one from the Smithsonian Institute. When it comes to research, I still like to do it the "old-fashioned way". No Internet, or very little and only as a cross reference; handheld books and speaking to people who are experts on a topic are my preferences.)
Francis Bellamy (1855 - 1931), a Baptist minister and Christian Socialist, wrote the original Pledge in August 1892.
'I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'
Changing 'my Flag,' to 'the Flag of the United States of America,' in 1924 and adding 'under God' in 1954 'redefined the Pledge as both a patriotic oath and a public prayer and is the one we speak today.
I'm not a gotta-have-chocolate person but I do like these little guys, especially during the Christmas holidays when they're wrapped in red and green and gold in the jingle-jangly TV commercials. They make me smile!
In 1946, Mr. Earl Tupper, a Dupont employee and ex-tree surgeon introduced what later became known as Tupperware. There are dozens of spin-offs of these plastic storage containers yet Tupperware still lives, burps and parties!
Let us bow down to Mr. Seth Wheeler of Albany who decided perforated rolls of paper wrapped around cardboard deserved some consideration. Manufactured in 1886, the original coarse variety has surely come a long way.....by the millions of yards.
Engineer JC Licklider backed by the Department of Defense and some gifted minds at MIT presented us with the Internet in October of 1969. Their efforts were released as the World Wide Web in 1989. Without it, this post wouldn't have made its way into your day!
Anything you want to cheer about? Something that deserves flag-waving attention?