Flag Day 2009

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Today is Flag Day here in the USA. To be truthful not many Americans know the history behind it they do not celebrate it. I took a quick drive through a few neighborhoods this morning. I had gone to grab breakfast and decided to count the flags; just to see if anyone still celebrates the day. In my youth we had parades, events were planned for months normally something involving insane amounts of food and they always had plenty of things to entertain the masses of children waving small flags. I saw no celebrations, no parades and only about one out of fifty houses had a flag out. One had a yard full, which brought a smile to my face. Smiles are rare now but I can work one up given sufficient stimuli.

Shamelessly borrowed from the VA website (forgive me but I needed the true story) here is the story of Flag Day.

The Origins of Flag Day

That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.

This was the resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The resolution was made following the report of a special committee which had been assigned to suggest the flag’s design.

A flag of this design was first carried into battle on September 11, 1777, in the Battle of the Brandywine. The American flag was first saluted by foreign naval vessels on February 14, 1778, when the Ranger, bearing the Stars and Stripes and under the command of Captain Paul Jones, arrived in a French port. The flag first flew over a foreign territory in early 1778 at Nassau, Bahama Islands, where Americans captured a British fort.

Observance of the adoption of the flag was not soon in coming, however. Although there are many claims to the first official observance of Flag Day, all but one took place more than an entire century after the flag’s adoption in 1777.

The first claim was from a Hartford, Conn., celebration during the first summer of 1861. In the late 1800s, schools all over the United States held Flag Day programs to contribute to the Americanization of immigrant children, and the observance caught on with individual communities.
The most recognized claim, however, comes from New York. On June 14, 1889, Professor George Bolch, principal of a free kindergarten for the poor of New York City, had his school hold patriotic ceremonies to observe the anniversary of the Flag Day resolution. This initiative attracted attention from the State Department of Education, which arranged to have the day observed in all public schools thereafter.

Soon the state legislature passed a law making it the responsibility of the state superintendent of public schools to ensure that schools hold observances for Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day and Flag Day. In 1897, the governor of New York ordered the displaying of the flag over all public buildings in the state, an observance considered by some to be the first official recognition of the anniversary of the adoption of the flag outside of schools.

Another claim comes from Philadelphia. In 1893, the Society of Colonial Dames succeeded in getting a resolution passed to have the flag displayed on all of the city’s public buildings. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin and the president of the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania, that same year tried to get the city to call June 14 Flag Day. Resolutions by women were not granted much notice, however, and it was not until May 7, 1937, that Pennsylvania became the first state to establish the June 14 Flag Day as a legal holiday. Flag Day is a nationwide observance today, but Pennsylvania is the only state that recognizes it as a legal holiday.

Bernard J. Cigrand, a school teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, reportedly spent years trying to get Congress to declare June 14 as a national holiday. Although his attempts failed, the day was widely observed. “Father of Flag Day” honors have been given to William T. Kerr, who was credited with founding the American Flag Day Association in 1888 while still a schoolboy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Both President Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, issued proclamations asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, that Congress approved the national observance, and President Harry Truman signed it into law.

Ok, so why do we not celebrate it anymore? It could be Americas have too many distractions and they are increasingly anti government. Hundreds of the worst thieves and liars to ever serve in government have blatantly attacked their own people and their core values. Americans are sick and tired of having pro gay – anti Christian, pro muslim, anti-Jew, pro open border, anti personal freedom agendas shoved down their throats.

Gee Ronin, then why do you celebrate it (trust me you were going to ask). I celebrate it because America is her people and their values not our socialist president or his growing staff of worthless self-serving opportunists. Just as the freedom loving peoples in Iran have finally awoken. Americans will step up soon and change will happen, obama asked for it and you do have to be careful what you ask for.

America is the land were any person can work hard and completely change their personal circumstances. America is the most powerful force ever built that was not designed to overwhelm and crush resistance for exploitation. America is the most giving, trusting and charitable people on the planet. America is full of people who go where they are needed, when they are needed and do not ask for thanks, repayment or attempt to change the recipients’ society. America does not force her values, her many religions or complex culture on others, she helps, she gives and she cares. That flag represents the real America not Washington DC. That flag represents me. That is why I celebrate Flag Day.

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5 Comments on “Flag Day 2009”

  1. Mab Says:

    Happy Flag Day!

    Dr. Bulldog — what are your thoughts on Rev. Wright (AKA Wrong) and his garbling of the word Zionist? People say this like its a bad thing. Isn’t Zionism the patriotism of the Jewish State of Israel?

    Like Americanism is our patriotism for our country — the United States of America — and all the treasured heritage that comes with it!

  2. Midnight Rider Says:

    Way off topic but a personal story on drawing your sidearm, Dr. B. Happened to me tonight just posted the follwoing at Infidel Bloggers Alliance:

    TERRIFYING
    I’ve never had to draw my gun in potential self defense.

    Until tonight.

    11:30 p.m. EST I’m in the family room watching 300. Daughter #3 (11 yr old) fell asleep on living room floor watching a DVD. Her mom dozing off on the couch. Daughter # 2 (21 yr old) in her bedroom getting ready for bed.

    Front door is mostly closed but open enough to let cool night air in until my own bedtime.

    Daughter #1’s Good Infidel Dog (feisty little fox/rat terrier) is visiting for a couple weeks while said daughter is taking late night classes in Philly.

    Suddenly that dog goes absolutely apeshit.

    Groggy wife thinks he needs to go out and do his thing. Leashes him up, opens the door. . .

    and is face to face with someone getting ready to come in. As she describes him a light skinned male wearing a hoodie with hood up. Best look she can get in the dark.

    She let’s out an “Oh Jesus Christ!” and slams the door. Daughter # 2, who came to the living room when she heard the dog, screams at the top of her lungs. Daughter # 3 keeps sleeping.

    People, this is where training with your weapon, rehearsing in your mind over and over again what you would do if this then that comes into play.

    I’m out of my lazy boy, drawing my gun from my hip (ok, for those of you who want the details, tonight it was a Smith & Wesson 642 Airweight loaded with Cor-Bon 38 SPec. +P hollowpoints coming from a Don Hume J.I.T. Slide Holster). Up the steps my arm clearing the stairs wall gun eye level pointed at the front door.

    There’s my wife and daughter, screaming and staring at the closed door.

    For anyone who has heard that in such a situation you get extreme tunnel vision let me assure you it is true. My focus is on that door, wife & daughter just to the side.

    Training training training.

    No apparent threat gun still drawn right to the bedroom flip on the light. Dammit missed the switch knocked the cover off the thermostat (more training needed) grab the shotgun (again — for those of you detail minded – Remington 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge pump action 22 inch barrel loaded with Remington #3 buckshot). Back to the living room.

    All in under 10 seconds.

    My wife calls 911, since we don’t know exactly where the foiled intruder has gone nor whether he had any friends lurking nearby. The police are here within 5 minutes, take the information, don’t question the gun on my belt, and tell us there had been a breakin across the highway a little earlier this evening. They will be patrolling the area.

    So. Lessons learned/reinforced:

    Know your weapons, Know where they are and how to get to them. Go over it again and again in your head. If this then that. Practice drawing them until it becomes reflexive.

    Despite their quick response a gun in the hand is STILL worth more than a cop on the phone.

    Be prepared to pull that trigger. Strangely I felt no fear during the incident and knew I was ready, had I seen someone within my home, to counter that threat. Of course the adreneline rush I’m experiencing right now is like no high you can get from any drug. Might be awhile before I can get to sleep.

    Little dogs making big noise are worth a million bucks.

    Can’t stress the training enough. I remember when I first handled a sidearm, shaking as I tried to load it. Now it’s second nature. But had I just bought a gun and never practiced with it I would have been far less useful in this instance.

    Gun control statistics are bullshit. This is one drawn gun incident that will never be reported as such because no shots were fired. How many more like this for every time a shot is fired in self defense?

    In truth, my wife was the one who scared off the perp, though we didn’t know it at the time. She did exactly the right thing by slamming the door, screaming and getting my attention. But it could have played out far differently with a more determined intruder. Might not have had time to get to the shotgun.

    In the house, that sidearm on your belt is your first defense but also primarily intended to buy you time to get to something far more substantial if possible.

    NOW HERE’S THE TRUE IRONY.

    I carry a gun even in the house. Tonight my mom was down for supper with us. Both she and my wife gave me grief. Why must you carry that gun in the house? Don’t you think it’s a little paranoid? Do you really need to do that?

    Because it can happen anytime anywhere. Just ask that 11 year old shotgunner a few weeks ago.

    But here? In this neighborhood?

    I have been assured neither of them will ever question it again.

    As for all you gun control idiots, back off. It’s my home, my family. YOU weren’t here to do anything about it and neither were the cops. Just me.

    I don’t care where you live, inner city, nice suburbs, high class end of town. IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.

    Molon Labe you whinny ass shitbirds.


    • Excellent story. Thank you for sharing it. I hope others read it and take your advice and experiences to heart. I’ll be moving it to the main page.

      FACT: Every year, people in the United States use a gun to defend themselves against criminals an estimated 2,500,000 times- more than 6,500 people a day, or once every 13 seconds.

      * Fall 1995, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

      Cheers

  3. Midnight Rider Says:

    Thank you good sir. Post or link on your blog if you like. The intent is for others to take a lesson from it.

    Including the anit-gun idiots.

  4. Leatherneck Says:

    I had my flag up all day.

    Over.


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