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A Patriotic Christmas eCard

A Patriotic Christmas eCard

“I’ll be home for Christmas…if only in my dreams.” Those are words from a favorite Christmas song for many and they seem so fitting for the 100,000 or so men and women who are still serving their country far from home this holiday season. They, and all those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom are the reason we can be together with the rest of our loved ones celebrating this special time of year.

We’re proud to have created this beautiful patriotic design that reminds us that Christmas is more than the hustle and bustle, the twinkle and glow, the presents and parties…it’s about home and love, peace and joy, and hope and faith in each other.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

 

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New Eyes for Old Glory – Happy Flag Day!

New Eyes for Old Glory   Happy Flag Day! A New Freedom

They were thirteen individual colonies, paving the way for freedom and a new life in a promising land. It was the beginning of something none of them had experienced before, the chance to build a country, founded on freedom and human rights.

Betsy Ross Shapes the Flag 

When Betsy Ross stitched the first flag together in June of 1776, she probably didn’t really understand the impact of it.  She created thirteen horizontal stripes for the original colonies, seven red and six white.  Red was the color of valor and hardiness, of the bold and the brave.  White embraced the innocence of those times, representing all they didn’t know about this new land, and the pure hopes of its founders.  Adding the blue color of perseverance and justice, the stars of vigilance and honor helped round out the flag…the first United States Flag!

The “Stars & Stripes”

The first Continental Congress established the flag as a symbol of unity and freedom on June 14th, 1777.  It was finally given official recognition as a National Holiday by President Harry Truman in 1949.  The flag is honored forever as a banner of intention toward unity and independence, toward allegiance and freedom.  It inspired James B. Upham and Francis Bellamy to write “The Pledge of Allegiance” in 1892.  It caused Francis Scott Key to lift it up in song in an uncertain world in 1931 as he wrote, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The United States flag has been planted on mountain tops from Mount Everest to the North Pole.  It found its way to foreign shores in 1805 in Tripoli and to the moon and back when Neil Armstrong planted it on that lunar surface in 1969.  The flag is much more than a symbol.  It is the very fabric of American life, reminding all of us that it took the efforts of many to give us the gifts of freedom we have today.  No matter where we live, no matter who we are, we owe allegiance to the country that gives us strength and hope and renewal every day.

Let us see the American flag with new eyes and let us always hold a vision of what we can be just as our fore-parents did.  Keep the flag waving!

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Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day!To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in
the country’s service and with gratitude
for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.

—President Woodrow Wilson, November 11, 1919, proclaiming the first Armistice Day

In 1954, President Eisenhower declared November 11, Veteran’s Day, changing the name from Armistice Day (established a year after the end of World War I.) He also included all men and women who have ever served as honorees.

As the nation extends its gratitude and appreciation to our men and women in uniform this November 11, the story behind our national holiday, its name, and those involved deserve recognition as well. To do this, one must visit Emporia, Kansas, 1953. 

 If The Shoe Fits

 Shoe store owner Alvin J. King was a man whose patriotism was ripe at age 15 when
he tried to join the Navy at the end of World War I. Too young to become a sailor, his support of the military never waned. Later in life, as a business owner, Alvin got involved with American War Dads during World War II. Disappointed that those serving after
World War I were not also recognized, King embarked on a campaign to transform Armistice Day into Veterans Day. His efforts were embraced by most fellow merchants
in town, as well as Emporia’s Board of Education. On November 11, 1953, King and his champions closed their doors and observed the first “All” Veterans Day. 

King’s campaign, however, did not stop there. United States Representative Edward Rees, an Emporia native, helped draft a bill establishing Veterans Day as a national holiday, with its newly christened name and breadth of honor. The bill was signed into law by President Eisenhower in 1954, with both King and Rees present at the signing. 

 Change Of Date, Its Restoration, and Annual Ceremony

Over a decade later, the holiday was moved to the fourth Monday in October by Congressional law, enacted in 1971. However, several states returned to observing Veterans Day on November 11 for the next four years, when Congress once again
decreed it as the holiday’s official date.

Every November 11, at 11 a.m., members from each branch of the military honor our
dead at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. 
The President places a wreath at the Tomb to the sound of “Taps” played on the bugle.

This Veteran’s Day

 This year, as you hang your flags and proudly wear your red, white, and blue, remember to thank our men and women in uniform for their proud service. We honor a tradition begun nearly a century ago, forged in history, and transformed by a man and his community, who felt that all who serve deserve nothing less. 

More Veterans Day History 

Veterans Day Timeline

Department of Veterans Affairs

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