Flags and FathersPosted Thursday, June 14, 2012, at 8:23 PM
I have been reading lots of facts about our American Flag today. Much to my chagrin, I only got 4 of the 10 questions correct on a history quiz concerning our flag's history. Did you know that a teen-ager designed our flag when Hawaii came into the Union? Or that the Star Spangled Banner was written during the War of 1812? Or that Betsy Ross did not sew the first American Flag.
Father's Day is just around the corner too. How many of us from a certain generation know that our fathers fought in one of the wars of the Twentieth Century?
My dad and his brothers all served in the military. Frank, Joe, Dick and Jack served during WWII. There were even a few ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary war.
How daunting it is to live up to the courage that our forefathers displayed throughout history. They defied a King in order to establish a more perfect union. We have enjoyed the most unique freedoms ever experienced by any other individual in this world because of the careful framing of our Constitution.
I have said in prior blogs that it is no accident that America is a promised and blessed land. We are not here by coincidence but by the design of a Higher Power.
Doesn't it just make your heart swell with joy and pride as you see the presentation of colors in an honor parade; rodeo or when we pledge allegiance?
To celebrate Flag Day is to recognize the service of our Veterans and our Military. They set the standard for courage and honor. Take every opportunity to thank them for their service and sacrifice.
America is Beautiful! No where else in the entire world can you see hundreds of different cultures existing side by side. We are not perfect by any means, but we have succeeded where other countries failed. Why? Because we were able to recognize that special spirit that makes us Americans.
Be Excited to be an American! Happy Flag Day!
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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.