Sunday, June 15, 2008

Flag Day 08

I recently finished David McCullough's biography of John Adams who was a primary sponsor of the American Revolution along with others such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. My fascination continued and I purchased a copy of the recent HBO series on John Adams. Both painted an image of the origins of the United States and the struggles experienced therein. My appreciation for my country of birth has always been unwavering and for todays image I have chosen and image of one of my most treasured family heirlooms... This 48 star flag has been in my family since the second world war and was passed to me when my Grandmother passed away in 1974.

Flag Day: In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1,§ 110 is the official statute on Flag Day, however it is at the President's discretion to proclaim officially the observance. The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, New York, which typically draws 50,000 spectators. The National Flag Day Foundation holds an annual observance for Flag Day on the second Sunday in June.

Finally a few words about a great loss to my and many others Sunday Mornings. For over 17 years I have rarely missed an episode of Meet The Press with Tim Russert. Tim Russert brought an ethical and honorable look at American politics, a subject that at times may have seemed less than honorable. Tim asked the hard questions and gave all of us a sense of what was going on... he called it as he saw it. Tim Russert passed away this past week and I for one will miss him every Sunday. This post is dedicated to him...
Tim Russert 1950 - 2008

Note: All images and text (not specified) is copyrighted by Christopher Cushman.

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