Gold Star Mothers & Family’s Day

Pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 115 of June 23, 1936 which designated the last Sunday of September as Gold Star Mother’s Day. This is a day of remembrance, intended to honor the survivors of service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.  In this year’s proclamation, the president called upon all government officials to display the U.S. flag over government buildings this Sunday, and encouraged all Americans to display the flag and hold ceremonies as a public expression of respect and gratitude for Gold Star Families.

To read the full proclamation, click here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/25/presidential-proclamation-gold-star-mothers-and-familys-day-2015

Our nation’s Gold Star Mothers and Families have joined together to continue their loved one’s service to our nation.  Learn more at Gold Star Moms.

We Will Remember – Today’s Quote

These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.

President George W. Bush

Today in Texas They Celebrate An American Story, An American Hero

Today, Texas celebrates Chris Kyle day as declared by Texas Governor Greg Abbott…of course in the rest of the U.S. it’s just Monday…

If you aren’t familiar with the story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, check out the links below…his was a hell of a story… a historical story, a military story, a family story, a human story…an American story…

A video of Chris Kyle’s memorial service is available.

Happy 4th of July – Today’s Quote

Freedoms natal day is here.

Fire the guns and shout for freedom,

See the flag above unfurled!

Hail the stars and stripes forever,

Dearest flag in all the world.

Florence A. Jones

No Room For Hyphenated Americanism – Today’s Quote

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

President Theodore Roosevelt

Everyday Heroes, A September 11th Story

We’re going to depart today from our regular format because I’d like to tell you about the evening I had last night.  I took a friend I’ve known for several years to my favorite dove hunting field.  The hunting wasn’t very good, but as usual the company was.  You see he’s an interesting fellow, a former business owner, an amateur brewer and an economist turned Air Force trauma surgeon who is now a civilian surgeon.  We both have three children of similar ages, are both married to accomplished, intelligent women and both take pride in our country.  He’s also willing to talk about topics more complicated and interesting than the weather and the follies of the local sports franchises.  We have a lot in common and I always enjoy his company.  Over the past few years I’ve come not only to respect him but also to enjoy his company.

Anyway, as I was saying, my buddy and I were out at my favorite dove hunting field having an entertaining chat and watching what few doves were flying steer very clear of our corner of the field.  I started thinking about hunting that same field with my dad on September 11th 2001.  I told my buddy how strange it was to sit there under an empty sky usually crisscrossed with airplane contrails.  I even asked my buddy if he remembers how strange that day, twelve years ago was.

To his credit, he agreed with me that 9/11 was a strange day…but then he proceeded to tell me where he was on 9/11.  You see, he was attending a week long medical conference in mid-town Manhattan.  When they temporarily shut the conference down after the second plane struck the South Tower he went up to his room and witnessed the collapse of the North Tower. (more…)

We Will Remember – Today’s Quote

Time is passing.  Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th.  We will remember every rescuer who died in honor.  We will remember every family that lives in grief.  We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.

President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001

Twain on Patriotism – Today’s Quote

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

Mark Twain

Such a Country and Such Defenders of Their Country Deserve a Song – Today’s Quote

 

The U.S. Colors, U.S. Flag, Old Glory

Then, in that hour of deliverance, my heart spoke. Does not such a country, and such defenders of their country, deserve a song?

Francis Scott Key

The Anti-Patriot Class? – Today’s Quote

Nowhere at present is there such a measureless loathing of their country by educated people as in America.

Eric Hoffer

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