Thursday, June 27, 2013

Old Glory

A young sea captain, William Driver, was given a flag for his ship. 
He started calling it Old Glory.
Legend has it that Old Glory was hidden in a quilt to keep it safe during the Civil War. It was later given to the Smithsonian by his grandchildren. 
So here is my question for you.
   Should all flags have the nickname Old Glory or should that honor be reserved for that glorious flag that now hangs in the Smithsonian?
I was reminded of a what used to be a popular scout song.
The Grand Old Flag 
You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag and forever in peace may you wave.
You're an emblem of the land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true, neath the red, white and blue,
where there's never a boast or a brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.
While I was waiting for my un-fun procedure the other day,
I created a 4th of July board.
I was so inspired by all the beautiful photos!
I headed out to the garage to get my tote of summer decor and was surprised that I could't find a thing. I think I threw most of it away because it was old and the garage was too crowded.
Stuff was on sale at Joanns and Michaels so I was able to pick up some new flags and some other goodies to sprinkle about the house. The little flags were 2 for a $1.00. Perfect for sticking in a flower pot. 
I made a wreath out of some red berries and one of my flags. The inspiration came from a darling pin I saw.
I had some thoughts while I was joyfully puttering around the house and yard. 
We live in such a great land. 
I think sometimes I forget that in the wake of an election or a vote that doesn't go my way. 
I am so tired of this party and that party fighting over stuff.
Could we all not just look at the flag and get along for a moment? 
Let's remember that our freedom isn't free,
 It was paid with the personal sacrifice of many. 

Freedom doesn't mean we have the right to expect our leaders to give us everything we want or we think we need. 
I think it means we listen to each other and our leaders act in accordance with the will of the people.
When was the last time looking at the symbol of our freedom brought tears to your eyes or gave you goose bumps? 
The Stars and Stripes
The Grand Old Flag
Old Glory
The Red, White and Blue
I hope on this 4th of July you will pull out some flags,
think about our freedoms and get a good old fashioned case of the goose bumps! 
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  1. Katie your decorations are wonderful! So patriotic! Love the story behind "Old Glory." Your mini "Freedom" banner is adorable! Happy Forth Of July!

  2. Great post, Katie. Not just the cute decorations, but the patriotic sentiment behind it. I agree, and bet that many Americans are tired of this party and that party fighting about everything.