Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Did You Know?????

On July 4th -1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. This set the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. There were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today there are approx. 309.6 million people living in our nation this 4th of July.
The Continential Congress of the New
United States did not adopt a specific
resolution to create a flag until June
14,1777. It was to have 13 stripes,
alternate red and white and the
union be 13 white stars in a blue
field representing a new constel-
lation. Our flag today has 13 stripes
a blue field with 50 stars representing
the 50 states.
The WHITE stripes represent the
original 13 colonies and purity of
intention. The RED represents the
blood shed of the patriots and their
hardiness and courage. The BLUE
stands for perseverance, vigillance
and the seeking of justice.
In 2009, the United States imported $217
million dollars in fireworks--of that, $209
million dollars were imported from China.
Most of us celebrate this holiday with parades,
family fun, cookouts/BBQ's. Seventy-six million
Americans said they have taken part in a BBQ
last year. Probably most took place on the 4th.
Chances are you will find steak, burgers, and /
or hot dogs on a grill this year. You may also
find a BBQ chicken. Somes sides are: baked
beans, potato salad/chips, garden salads,
and watermelon.
As our holiday comes to a close--everyone
gets to see fireworks! Most cities have
banned the home use of fireworks so
our cities have stepped up to provide
wonderful fireworks shows.
We go to one at a local business park.
Music plays by military bands and
local bands, food is for sale--but
most families bring coolers and
games are played with everyone
waits for the Grand Finale!!!
Patriotic Sounding Place Names:
***31 places nationwide with "liberty"
in their name.
***30 places have "eagle" in their name.
***11 places have "independence" in their
name.
***5 places adopted the name "freedom."
***1 place is named "patriot."
***5 places have "america" in their name.
Two of my favorite places are
MY HOMETOWN: Independence MO
with 110,440 residents.
Liberty, MO with 30,568 residents.
Songs for Independence Day:
America the Beautiful
God Bless America
Star Spangled Banner
Yankee Doodle Dandy
~Keep on Dreaming~

5 comments:

  1. Hi Melinda!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your kind comments!

    I enjoyed reading this post...I am very patriotic...probably the school teacher in me marrying the fire fighter, but I was also raised by parents that were active in their civic responsibilities. In fact, my father retired from the Federal Govt. after 40+ years of service. He began as a civilian in the Air Force (I was born in Dayton, OH, home to Wright Patterson AFB) and ended his service with the Defense Dept.

    I didn't realize you hometown was Independence...that was my first home when I relocated to KC metro from StL metro. We'll have to chat!

    I am off to read your older posts. Hope all is okay. I've been scattered lately (due to VBS and vacation), but seem to be regaining my footing! LOL

    Take care,
    Val

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  2. Well, you know me & patriotic & historical writes ... I love them.

    Nothing better than a small town or family gathering to celebrate this great nation ... one nation under God ... LET FREEDOM RING!!

    Have a beautiful safe 4th!
    TTFN ~ Hugs,Marydon

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  3. Most historians have concluded that the DoI was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776. :-)

    Have a wonderful holiday!

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  4. good to see you today and good to be back

    kary

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  5. I enjoyed this patriotic post with interesting facts. Ironic we import so much in the way of fireworks from China. We need to be vigilant and protect our freedoms, which we celebrate July 4 and every day.

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