Veterans Day

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Holiday, Patriotism

Veterans Day

“He who wishes to fight must first count the cost.”  Sun Tzu, The Art of War   WWI, or the “Great War” ended with a cessation of hostilities on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918; thus on 11/11 we celebrate this gift of freedom, and memorialize those who fought to attain it. One symbol synonymous with Memorial Day is the red poppy. In times past, veterans sold small paper poppies on 11/11 and everyone wore one on their lapel as a remembrance.  Ladies often carried handkerchiefs with images of poppies.  The custom seems to have faded, but...

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Veteran’s Day

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Holiday, Patriotism

Veteran’s Day

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” General George S. Patton Jr. This month we pay tribute to those who serve in the armed forces.  Originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WWI, the holiday was renamed Veteran’s Day in 1954 to honor veterans of all U. S.  wars.  The ubiquitous handkerchief also played a role in wartime. Not so surprising, when you think about it.  Soldiers constantly on the move were...

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4th of July

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Holiday, Patriotism

4th of July

“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, But as the opportunity to do what is right.” Peter Marshall The Fourth of July commemorates the birth of the United States as a free and independent nation. I can’t imagine a more important right than freedom – whether for an individual, or a country. We’re not a perfect people, and we still struggle with issues of equal rights for all; but thankfully we live in a country where freedom of speech is protected by law, without fear of reprisal or oppression. History of Freedom Virginia was the first colony established in...

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Memorial Day

Posted on May 28, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Holiday, Patriotism

Memorial Day

“Where there is liberty, there is my country.” Benjamin Franklin Memorial Day provides a wonderful opportunity to honor those who have died in the service of our country.  Originating at the time of the American Civil War, Memorial Day has been extended to encompass all Americans from all battles who have perished while serving in the military.  There are so many attributions to the founding of this day, I’m not sure we’ll ever really know whom to thank.  From the women who decorated soldier’s graves in Savannah, GA in 1862 to the burial of the martyrs of the Race Course in...

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Get Out the Vote

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 in All Blog Posts, Patriotism

Get Out the Vote

“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.”  William E. Simon. As I write this, we’re closing in on the Presidential election for 2012, which is shackled by a polarized constituency, with little give and take on either side, according to the pundits and polls. Far from taking sides, I’m here to simply showcase the graphics which artists have employed over the years to depict party partisanship. Whether it’s a pack of galloping pachyderms or a band of braying donkeys, there’s plenty of hoopla to be enjoyed by all. In years past, when candidates made...

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Lady Liberty

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 in All Blog Posts, Patriotism

Lady Liberty

To enhance your viewing, click the play button below for musical accompaniment while you read – America the Beautiful performed by 101 Strings Orchestra.     When France shipped their gift of the Statue of Liberty to the US in 1886, it needed assembly. Cost for assembly was estimated to be $100,000 – an enormous sum, but not an impossible goal, if the privileged class wished to assist, which apparently, they did not. The statue would have remained crated in a warehouse indefinitely were it not for the initiative of one Hungarian Immigrant, Joe Pulitzer, publisher of a...

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