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Friday, July 3, 2015

America The Beautiful

America The Beautiful
O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above thy fruited plain

America, America
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea

For beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain
America, America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crowned thy good, with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
I am the flag of the United States of America

My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.

Look up at me and see me.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.  I am confident.
I am arrogant.  I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners,
my head is a little higher, my colors
 a little truer. I bow to no one!

I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped - I am saluted.
I am loved - I am revered.
I am respected - and I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every
war for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge,
 Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appamatox.
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
 in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome and the
 beaches of Normandy, Guam. 
And yes, Okinawa, Korea, Khe Sanh & Saigon.

Yes, I was there.  I led my troops.
I was dirty, battleworn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me
and I was proud.

I have been burned, torn and trampled
on the streets of countries
I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.

I have been soiled upon, burned, torn
and trampled on the streets of my country.
And when it's by those whom
I've served in battle - it hurts.
But I shall overcome - for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stood watch over the uncharted
frontiers of space from my vantage
point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness
to all of America's finest hours. 

But my finest hours are yet to come.

When I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldiers,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving
parent at the grave
of their fallen son or daughter, I am proud.

My name is Old Glory, long may I wave.
Dear God in heaven, long may I wave.

Independence Day History


Timeline For Independence
On July 4, 1776, thirteen colonies claimed independence
from England 's King George III.  And thus was born the
mightiest nation on earth: The United States of America.
Leading up to the signing, there had been growing unrest
in the colonies surrounding the taxes that the American colonists
were required to pay to England . The major objection was
'Taxation without Representation': the colonists had no say
in the decisions of the English Parliament since they did not
send representative to sit in the English House of Commons.
Rather than attempting to negotiate a satisfactory settlement,
King George sent troops to the colonies to quell any rebellion
that might break out.  The following timeline will give you some
idea of the history that lead to the signing of the Declaration
of Independence and America 's break away from British rule.


1774 - The 13 colonies send delegates to Philadelphia ,
Pennsylvania to form the First Continental Congress.
While unrest was brewing, the colonies were far from ready to declare war.
April 1775 - King George's troops advance on Concord , Massachusetts ,
prompting Paul Revere's midnight ride that sounded the alarm:
"The British are coming, the British are coming."
Thus began the American Revolution at the battle of Concord .
May 1776 - After nearly a year of trying to settle their
differences with England , the colonies, once again,
send delegates to the Second Continental Congress.
June 1776 - Admitting that their efforts were hopeless,
a committee was formed to compose the formal Declaration of Independence.
Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee also included John Adams,
Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman.
June 28, 1776 - Jefferson presents the first draft
of the declaration to congress.
July 4, 1776 - After various changes to Jefferson 's original draft,
a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies,
9 voted in favor of the Declaration; 2, Pennsylvania and
South Carolina voted No; Delaware was undecided and New York abstained.
John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress,
was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence.
It is said that he signed his name "with a great flourish"
so "King George can read that without spectacles!"
July 6, 1776 - The Pennsylvania Evening Post is the first newspaper
 to print the Declaration of Independence.
July 8, 1776 - The first public reading of the declaration takes
place in Philadelphia 's Independence Square . The bell in Independence Hall,
then known as the "Province Bell" would later be renamed the "Liberty Bell" after its inscription -
"Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof. "
August 1776 - The task begun on July 4, the signing of the
Declaration of Independence, was not actually completed until August.
Nonetheless, the 4th of July has been accepted as the
official anniversary of United States independence from Britain .
July 4, 1777 - The first Independence Day celebration takes place.
It's interesting to speculate what those first 4th festivities were like.
By the early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics,
and fireworks were firmly established as
part of American Independence Day culture.

Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence,
twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.  Eleven were merchants,
nine were farmers or large plantation owners.
One was a teacher, one a musician, and one a printer.
They were men of means and education who launched
the Ship of State which you and I have inherited.
Yet, they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing
full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.
When these courageous men signed, they pledged their lives,
their fortunes, and their sacred honor to
the cause of freedom and independence.
Five signers were captured by the British and brutally tortured as traitors.
At least twelve of the fifty-six had their homes pillaged and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army.
Another two had sons captured.
Nine fought in the War for Independence and died from
wounds or from hardships they suffered.

So have a Happy Fourth Of July
and appreciate your freedom!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Have You Ever Played McDonald's Monopoly? You'll Want To After Reading These 11 Facts

Monopoly at McDonald's is BACK! Turns out, it's had an unusual history.

1. Monopoly at McDonald's started in 1987, with over $40 million worth of prizes.

2. The winners of the million dollar prize receive their payout over the course of 20 years.

That's $50,000 per year, to be exact.

3. To win the million dollars, you have to collect both Park Place and Boardwalk.

There's a 1 in 11 chance you'll find Park Place. But there's a 1 in 651 chance you'll find Boardwalk. The odds of getting them both? 1 in 3.5 billion.

4. Someone beat the odds of finding both pieces. In 2010, Jon Kehoe won the million dollar prize.

He bought a McRib and a drink with money from his final unemployment check.

5. You probably won't win the million dollars, but there's a 25 percent chance you'll win an in-store prize, like a small coffee or medium fries.

6. A team of eight people rigged the game from 1995 to 2001. One of those was the Chief of Security at Simon Marketing, the group which ran the game.

McDonald's tried to sue Simon Worldwide, but actually lost. They had to pay the company $16.6 million.

7. An envelope containing the million prize was sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital in 1995.

The people who rigged the game were the ones who sent the check.

8. The game would be illegal without a "no purchase necessary" clause.

9. Sales go up by one to six percent while the game takes place.

10. 4.2 billion game pieces were created between 2003 and 2011.

All of those pieces could circle the Earth one and a half times.

11. LeBron James is the spokesperson for the game.

Not that he needs the money or anything...