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June 14, 2013

500 Flags Line the Streets in Mercer, PA

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500 FLAGS LINE THE STREETS IN MERCER, PA.

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On May 25, 2013, my husband Monte and I had occasion to drive through Mercer, Pennsylvania, a borough, having a population of 2,391 in the 2000 census. This seat of Mercer County is named after a physician, Brigadier General Hugh Mercer, who was a close friend of General George Washington.*

Through the years since we moved to Pennsylvania (in 1969) I’ve traveled to and through Mercer numerous times. I worked at the Mercer County Children’s Home for nine months when we first moved to Slippery Rock. It was also on the route between Jamestown and Slippery Rock, which we traveled when Monte worked in Jamestown for five years.

However, on May 25th the borough had a unique appearance. There were flags lining the streets surrounding the courthouse and other streets as well. Flags, flags, and more flags. I became curious about them and searched the Internet for information.

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Ten years ago Mark Brown and his wife Linda decided to create a permanent Memorial Day salute to veterans by installing (more…)

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June 9, 2013

Flag Day—Children’s Stories & Poems

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FLAG DAY
CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

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FLAG DAY (also see 11 Facts About Flag Day: June 14 )

For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Flag Day entertainment and information.

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american-flag-in-flowers-coloring-277x300JOKES

What did one US flag say to the other?
(Nothing, it just waved!)

More   http://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/topics/usa.shtml

Where is there an American flag which is never lowered never raised and never saluted?

Link   On the moon, left by the astronauts.

What’s red, white, blue and yellow?
The Star-spangled Banana!

What did the patriotic dog do on Flag Day?
He flagged his tail!
More http://www.kidsjokes.co.uk/jokes/holiday/flagdayjokes.html

What’s red, white, blue, and green?
A patriotic pickle.

More http://academictips.org/funny-jokes/fourth-of-july-jokes/

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Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. —James Bryce

True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going. —Robert Reich

MORE http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_memorialday.html

american-flag-and-bird-coloring-300x274SONGS

YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev’ry heart beats true
For the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

MORE http://www.songsforteaching.com/folk/youreagrandoldflag.php

AMERICAN FLAG  (sung to “Frere Jacques”)

What is red? What is white?
What is blue? What is striped?
What has many stars? What has many stars?
Can you guess, how many there are?
Then the kids shout 50.

FLAG SONG  (sung to “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

Our flag is red, white, & blue red,
white & blue red,
white & blue
Our flag is red, white, & blue
in the U.S.A.

Our flag has 50 stars,
50 stars, 50 stars,
Our flag has (more…)

June 12, 2010

Flag Man (Bob Cornell) Shivers

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FLAG MAN (BOB CORNELL) SHIVERS

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FLAG DAY IS ALWAYS JUNE 14. This year I’m posting a newspaper column Sonny Schwartz wrote about my father, Robert William Cornell.

Yesterday was Bob Cornell’s day.

Nah, not his birthday. That was May 28.

Nor the anniversary of his retirement from the Navy after 30 years of active and inactive service. That was June 4, 1971.

Flag flying on (or near) the original Cornell homestead, Portsmouth (Middletown), R. I.

Yesterday was Flag Day.

And on Flag Day, the former U. S. Navy chief aviation photographer stands tall.

Tall-ship tall…

Cornell, you see, is a flag fanatic, though he winces at the categorization.

And it’s the American Flag, good Old Glory, that turns Cornell on and sends star-spangled bannered shivers down his spine.

Now don’t think for a moment that Bob Cornell is your ordinary inveterate flag buff.

He’s much more than that. Much more.

He eats, drinks, talks, walks, breathes and sleeps the American Flag.

Cornell’s a veritable human book of knowledge when it comes to the U. S. Flag, a subject he’s studied with intensity since (more…)

June 5, 2009

June Celebrations: Part 1

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JUNE CELEBRATIONS: Part I

      Get ready for battle! The enemy is the nasty fly! June is National Fight the Filthy Fly Month, and the war continues from last year. However, there are those who swear that the battle against the Maine black bugs is more of a priority! (read BLACK FLIES AND OTHER INSECTS: Then and Now) Something easier to handle is National Adopt a Cat Month. Every cat has a right to a good home. To read about cat’s other rights, read (WHAT RIGHTS DO CATS HAVE, I ASK  & FERAL BIRDS: THE LATEST COMMUNITY HAZARD).

     June is also Dairy Month, Turkey Lovers Month, and National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Think healthy: Milk/cheese is loaded with calcium, but if it’s not low-fat, you are at risk of ingesting more bad-fats than good fats. If you have to eat meat, turkey is far more acceptable than red-meats. However, I am wondering about JUNE being (more…)

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