Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th!

Mexico, NY
The Fourth of July!!!

What great memories it stirs up for us. Parades, family picnics, fun at the beach and fireworks! But one of the most important things you see on July 4th is our American Flag. What does it stand for? Our nation! With all our freedoms and rights.

I can remember learning about proper flag etiquette as a Girl Scout in middle school. We also learned the proper way to fold a flag. And "The flag, when being lowered, should never touch another object or the ground. It should have waiting hands to receive it." In the Girl Scouts, after an event, the flag would be lowered ceremoniously.

When a flag is so worn that it does not serve as a proper symbol of our country, it should be burned in an appropriate manner. Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony.

Normally, the flag should be displayed between sunrise and sunset. If displayed at night it should be illuminated.

Oswego, NY
Some of my cousins live in Belgium. (I know you're thinking- they beat us in FIFA Soccer in the 2014 World Cup Games!) The first time they came to the United States, they said that one of the things that impressed them the most was how proudly we displayed our American flag. That so many people display the flag whether in governmental offices, places of businesses, schools, and homes. Everywhere you go, people display their flag.

Henderson Harbor, NY

We are all so proud to be a part of this wonderful Nation! Hang your flag with pride and care for it with respect.

Oswego, NY

Youngstown, NY

The Pledge Of Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but its patriotism."
~Erma Bombeck

Carlowden Golf Course, Denmark, NY

Link to A Lesson for Americans by Mike Dalka
Link to Flag Etiquette: US Flag
Link to: The Star-Spangled Banner

Photo by Theresa Perry

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!
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  1. Love this post! I fly a flag outside my house.I have everyday,since Michael,my eldest, was in Desert Storm.

    1. Thanks Chris. After I wrote it I debated about publishing it because I thought I probably should have published it on flag day, but then I thought it was important enough and this is a good time for all of us to reflect on what this holiday is about. We fly our flag everyday, too.
      And thanks to your son, Michael, for serving our Country.

  2. I just saw an HBO show, John Adams and found out July 2nd. should have been our independence day. The Declaration was voted and approved on the 2nd. The 4th was when they made the final draft. I like all the flags and the people patriotic enough to display them. I have mine out too!

    1. I really like all the flags that are flown and displayed, But it does bother me when there is a flag flying that really needs to be replaced due to being worn.

  3. Great post and it brought back memories...I was a Camp Fire Girl and went to camp every summer where we would learn to fold the flag and put it up daily and take it down...

    1. Thank you, Donna. Flag etiquette was so important to us in Girl Scouts, as well as Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, and other boys and girls clubs. Every meeting we took the flag down and had our closing ceremony. Just wondering how much is still being taught to our children with respect to our Flag. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Sue, just wanted to let you know on the B&W backgrounds on my post. Only the white board was used. Exposing for a well-lit subject, under full daylight for example, or flash, will cause a dark background to go underexposed and approach black, hence the subject is isolated like in the Gaillardia image. No flash used though. Yellow does that quite often as does white subjects. The settings were, f5.6 1/640 sec. ISO 125, focal length on a 300mm zoom - 170mm. You can delete this after. No need for it to be in your comments, just wanted to answer your question without responding to everyone.

    1. Thanks for this info, Donna. I wasn't sure how you achieved those beautiful results on those flowers that you isolated, but this is a big help. Your photographs of flowers and birds are just amazing. Thanks for sharing your expertise with me.