“When a door closes, another one opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. ~ Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)
Thirteen Stars and Thirteen Stripes.
On JUNE 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress selected the FLAG of the United States.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Proclamation making JUNE 14 “NATIONAL FLAG DAY.”
President Calvin Coolidge stated May 25, 1924, at the Confederate Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia:
“It is the maintenance of our American ideals, beneath a common FLAG, under the blessings of Almighty God… We know that Providence would have it so.”
President Calvin Coolidge stated May 31, 1926:
“Our condition today is not merely that of one people under one FLAG, but of a thoroughly united people who have seen bitterness and enmity which once threatened to sever them pass away, and a spirit of kindness and good will reign over them all.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated November 13, 1935:
“Our FLAG for a century and a half has been the symbol of the principles of liberty of conscience, of religious freedom and equality before the law; and these concepts are deeply ingrained in our national character.”
On FLAG DAY, JUNE 14, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated:
“The belief in man, created free, in the image of God – is the crucial difference between ourselves and the enemies we face today…
We know that man, born to freedom in the image of God, will not forever suffer the oppressors’ sword…”
Franklin Roosevelt continued:
“I am going to close by reading you a prayer that has been written for…this day:
‘God of the free, we pledge our hearts and lives today to the cause of
all free mankind.
Grant us victory over the tyrants who would enslave all free men and
Grant us faith and understanding to cherish all those who fight for freedom…
Grant us honor for our dead who died in the faith, honor for our living who work and strive for the faith, redemption and security for all captive lands and peoples.
Grant us patience with the deluded and pity for the betrayed.
And grant us the skill and the valor that shall cleanse the world of oppression and the old base doctrine that the strong must eat the weak because they are strong…
If our brothers are oppressed, then we are oppressed. If they hunger, we hunger. If their freedom is taken away, our freedom is not secure…
And in that faith let us march, toward the clean world our hands can make. Amen.'”
On FLAG DAY, JUNE 14, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed Public Law 396 adding the phrase “One Nation Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance to the FLAG.
“From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.
To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than…this rededication of our youth, on each school morning, to our country’s true meaning.”
President Eisenhower ended:
“In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.”
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual starts in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” -Babe Ruth
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