The Backstory of largest free-flying American flag

For Flag Day, Fox News did an interesting and heartfelt story on the largest American flag, which hangs from the George Washington Bridge on patriotic holidays.

The bridge boasts the largest free-flying flag in the world – it’s 60 by 90 feet and weighs 450 pounds.

Port Authority electrician Chris Bonanno said that the flag would cover a full-sized basketball court. He also explained that one star on the flag is about 3 feet tall.

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The flag is stored in a fiber glass tube that runs from the top to the bottom of the bridge’s arch.

The tube helps shield the flag from the elements and from thousands of drivers who pass under it, likely unaware that it’s there.

The flag usually flies for just one day at a time – but after 9/11, it flew for a full month at Ground Zero.

Hat tip: Aunt Margie

Memorial Day 2015

It’s Memorial Day – but please don’t put a “Happy” in front of it like the clueless, tactless @TheDemocrats. Memorial Day is a somber day – a day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our freedom.

For many vets, remembering those sacrifices, stings.

Marine Corps vet Jenny Haskamp wrote in the Chicago Trib about her mixed feelings this Memorial Day weekend.

I didn’t know why I was upset, at first. I paused, and while I was sitting there contemplating my outburst, I heard a commercial on the radio screaming through the tinny speakers.

“Beaches, beats and BBQs!” it said. “We’re your Memorial Day station with everything you need to kick off the summer in style!”

That’s when it hit me. I’m angry. I’ve come to realize people think Memorial Day is the official start of summer. It’s grilled meat, super-duper discounts, a day (or two) off work, beer, potato salad and porches draped in bunting.

But it shouldn’t be. It’s more than that.

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A friend reminded me that plenty of people use the weekend the way it was designed: to pause and remember the men and women who paid the price of our freedom, and then go on about enjoying those freedoms.

But I argue not enough people use it that way. Not enough people pause. Not enough people remember.

Pause to remember this Memorial Day.

Via my Aunt Margie, the true story of the recovery of 19 US Marines Killed in Action on Makin Island in WWII and their return home to Arlington National Cemetery 58 years later.

Warning: This is a bit of a tear-jerker.

The Old Guard places over 228,000 flags at Arlington National Cemetery:

Soldier’s from the US Army’s Old Guard placed over 228,000 flags at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers.

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Twitchy: ‘Never forget': Katie Pavlich, others highlight Rolling Thunder weekend in D.C. [photos, vine]

Happy Independence Day!

The U.S. Army Chorus performed The Battle Hymn of the Republic at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in April of 2013.

Here”s some Independence Day trivia to impress your friends with via The International Business Times:

What day did most signers of the Declaration of Independence actually sign the document?

Aug. 2, 1776.

How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July Fourth?

Two

Three of the first five presidents died on the Fourth of July:

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third, died on the same day in 1826, the 50th anniversary.

Which president was born on the Fourth of July?

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872.

What other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?

Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. Denmark  Danes and Norwegians celebrate American Independence Day because thousands emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s. Other European countries, like England, Portugal and Sweden, hold celebrations near American military bases and or spots frequented by American tourists to boost travel during early July.

I did not know that. More at the link.

Another thing I did not know courtesy of Twitchy: : Wow, America is 2014 years old today!

There’s a bunch of people saying this. If it’s a joke, I don’t get it.

See Also:

The Conversation for some Independence Day Quotes From America’s Founding Fathers.

Newsbusters: For the Fourth, 5 Songs You May Not Know are Un-Patriotic

Memorial Day 2014

Remembering our fallen heroes who courageously served our country in the US armed forces – here’s an original Memorial Day anthem by Milwaukee’s own Glen Shulfer: America:

 

 

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Michelle Malkin: Memorial Day 2014: Land of the free because of the brave

Senator Ted Cruz: We Must Carry on the Torch of Freedom

Veterans Day 2013: Honoring America’s Heroes

This Veterans Day we honor the courage and dedication of all who have served our nation and defended our freedom.

The NRSC released a video message from some of our veterans in Congress:

Here is a heart-felt video message via the George W. Bush Presidential Center from former Commander in Chief G.W. Bush:

Senator Ted Cruz released the following message in honor of our nation’s veterans:

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the fighting between the Allies and Germany ceased. Today, we commemorate that moment by thanking our veterans who have continued the quest to preserve our peace and freedom.

We should all be proud of our country’s long tradition of service. General John J. Pershing eloquently expressed his thanks in a letter to the troops who helped win the “war to end all wars,” that is just as relevant now as it was then.

Pershing wrote, “By willing sacrifice of personal rights; by cheerful endurance of hardship and privation; by vigor, strength and indomitable will, made effective by thorough organization and cordial co-operation, you inspired the war-worn Allies with new life and turned the tide of threatened defeat into overwhelming victory.”

We are so fortunate that throughout history, millions of Americans have come forward to fight tyrants, fascists, communists, and terrorists to keep us free.

Still, we live in a violent world, where the freedoms we enjoy remain exceptional to millions of less fortunate forced to abide by brutal dictators, oppressive regimes, and cultures of intolerance.

The persistent threats of terrorism at home and abroad are reminders of how precious it is to be an American and how fiercely our rights must be protected.

We are blessed to live in a society where men and women continue to fight for our flag. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, more than 3 million Americans have volunteered to defend their country, knowing full well the risks they may face. More than 50,000 are serving in Afghanistan right now.

They, like millions of veterans before them, are willingly putting themselves in danger to keep us safe.

Thank you.

President Calvin Coolidge once said, “The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.” He was right.

Please join me on this Veterans Day in saying a prayer of thanks for our veterans. And, please find a veteran. Grab their hand. Look them in the eye and tell them, “Thank you for your service.”

We will never be able to express enough thanks for the troops, but they must always know they are treasured.

May God bless the veterans, may God bless all those who continue to protect our country, and may God bless the United States of America.

A friendly reminder:

#MillionVetMarch: Fed Up Vets – Remove Barrycades – Head For #SpiteHouse – Video – Live Streaming Coverage

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Pic Via Independent Journal

There is a lot of chatter on twitter and elsewhere this morning that the MSM is ignoring the massive Million Man March, this morning in Washington DC, but Fox News was there covering the demonstration for Fox and Friends – calling it a “big story out of DC, this morning.”

Weasel Zippers has live-streaming video, here.

This soggy demonstration started off in the hundreds, but now as of late morning had reached the thousands, and the protesters are now headed with their barrycades to the White House.

Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee were in attendance…

The Truckers are there, too:

Vets carrying the barrycades to the White House:

SEE ALSO

Twitchy: ‘It belongs to the people!’ Sarah Palin and Sens. Cruz, Lee address Million Vets March [pics]

Twitchy: #1MVetMarch: Barrycades down! Spite House barricades no match for Million Vets March [photos]

Tea Party Command Center: Photos from the Million Vet March

Washington Times: UPDATED: “Million” vets are in DC to demand their monuments be opened

The Blaze: ‘WE ARE MARCHING TO THE WHITE HOUSE’ TO RETURN THE BARRICADES: ‘MILLION VET MARCH’ DESCENDS ON WASHINGTON

Live updates to follow…

At the White House, demonstrators chanted, “we the people” and “our house!”

Vets with bullhorns taunt Obama: “The world doesn’t like you! Even Putin doesn’t like you!”

The Blaze: ‘WE ARE MARCHING TO THE WHITE HOUSE’: ‘MILLION VET MARCH’ DESCENDS ON WASHINGTON, BARRICADES TORN DOWN

Million Vet March And Truckers Ride On Washington October 13

This could be big. This could end up being very, very big because two protests have been planned for the same weekend in Washington DC. On October 13, the  Million Vet march will coincide with day 3 of the truckers ride  in our nation’s Capital.

There has been righteous indignation and rage simmering just below the surface since the Community Organizer from Chicago began usurping his power, but this past week, his thugocracy went too far. When Obama’s shutdown theater was implemented  to make Americans – including 80 to 90 year old WWII vets – feel as much pain as possible – that simmering rage reached a full boil.

While most of the nation’s attention has been on the “barrycaded” WWII Memorial, other war memorials in DC have been shut down as well. Yesterday, Park Police removed Vietnam vets and tourists from the Memorial Wall.

Via Gateway Pundit:  “Unbelievable! Barack Obama brought out the German Shepherds today to threaten US veterans at the Vietnam Memorial.”

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Via William Jacobson, NBC’s affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday.

After one group of veterans went around the barricade, “the park ranger told them the wall was closed,”NBC’s Mark Seagraves reported. “Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That’s when police came and moved everyone out.”

Moreover, the Regime has seen fit to threaten priests with arrest if they minister on military bases during the shutdown.

There is a chronic shortage of active duty Catholic chaplains. While roughly 25% of the military is Catholic, Catholic priests make up only about 8% of the chaplain corps. That means approximately 275,000 men and women in uniform, and their families, are served by only 234 active-duty priests.

The temporary solution to this shortage is to provide GS and contract priests.   These men are employed by the government to ensure that a priest is available when an active duty Catholic Chaplain is not present.

With the government shutdown, many GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer.  During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.

Breitbart’s John Nolte is keeping a list of parks, monuments and more UNNECESSARILY SHUT DOWN BY OBAMA TO INFLICT PUBLIC PAIN.

America has had enough of this out and out thuggery.

A “Million Vet March On The Memorials” is being organized for October 13, 2013, at the war memorials in Washington D.C.

The group is calling all patriots to attend, via their facebook page:

We are all military brats, current and former military spouses and some veterans. We cannot express how utterly disappointed we were that our Greatest Generation were being used as political pawns in the ongoing government shutdown and budget crisis. This should never be the case.

We do not care what political leanings you may be; be it liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent or whatever. The actions of the U.S. government this week with regard to barricading and shutting down the World War II Memorial to veterans, that may or may not be on their last trip to Washington DC, is a despicable act of cowardice.

Veterans this week were unwillingly pitted as pawns in this crisis. We feel that this should never be the case. This is why we will go to Congress after the budget crisis and ask for a bill to be introduced that would prevent any member of the government from closing our memorials down to any American, except for maintenance purposes. In the meantime, we will have our March in Washington DC on October 13th! Our veterans deserve that!

Many in our group have decided that enough is enough. We are Americans. We are proud of our heritage and our service. As all of us were military brats and spouses, we have served in some form or another our entire lives. This is our way of life. We will not stand by and let the U.S. government dishonor the legacy of sacrifice of the generations before us. It is time to make a stand! We hope that you will join us in our peaceful protest against anti-American policies.

Via Maggie’s Notebook: TRuckers Ride Oct 11, 12, 13: No Freight Hauling, 3-Day Traffic Jam, Flags Flying – How You Can Help Locally, Where to Meet-Up:

As thousands of federal employees wonder where their next paycheck is coming from amid a government shutdown, around 3,000 truckers plan to descend on Washington, D.C., in an effort to shut it down further by not hauling freight for a whole weekend.

“The shutdown is actually a traffic jam,” former country music star and event organizer Zeeda Andrews told U.S. News. “This is a three-day traffic jam.”

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1. Trucker Earl Conlon is calling on all truckers in their State Capitals to Rally to the Capital to show support. We understand not everybody can afford the fuel to make the DC RIDE but this is a United effort.

Drivers that are working at least fly a flag and RIDE in Convoy formation while on the interstate. There will be Local TV from coast to coast filming this solidarity RIDE and event. It is up to the Truckers Of America to wake up the people as to the harsh regulations and UN-Constitutionals laws against our commerce and its people. We are brothers and sisters of the ROAD!

All truckers in this RIDE are directed to Earl Conlon, he is in charge, email:  huggyboo2u@hotmail.com.

2. Washington DC Capital on Constitution St. Show up Friday morning before the convoy gets there with signs concerning our constitution or in support of the RIDE, bring ole glory flags and show your patriotism. If some want to bring the 10 commandments to remind others of God’s Laws feel free to do so.

3. All Truckers, motorcycles, cars, pickup trucks tractors, RV’s that want to participate in this RIDE meet at the All American Truck Plaza off I-95 exit 98 across from amusement park. Most will show up the 10th. The event will start at 7:00 am October 11th.

4. Please dress your RIDE up with Constitutional related signs and or ole glory flags. Some people want to quote the 10 commandment and WE welcome Do what ever the spirit moves you to do.

5. People with Ham radios and Hand Held CB’s will be needed for communication. Harrisburg Pennsylvania  Truckers for their State will meet at The Wilco Truck Stop off I-81 exit 78.

6. All Bikers are directed to Belinda Bee.

7. If you would like to participate in the Overpasses to cheer on our Constitutional Riders or wave your Impeach Obama signs or any other signs please join your State group to get the information where they will be. The group will say closed but join because most will say that, after joining the page will open to you. http://overpassesforamerica.com/?page_id=39

8. If you would like to rally to your nearest Rest Area Brett Backman with The Modern American Revolution said he would work the Rest Areas and the Overpasses in this event. If you want to start a Rally in your area at a Rest Area please let us know and we will post it. On Facebook: Modern Revolution

9. Fred’s Restaurant in Wheelersburg, Ohio will be supporting the Truckers Ride for the Constitution. Truckers traveling to D.C. Oct. 11,12,and 13 th can stop by and receive a Free Personal Pan Pizza, chips and a 20 oz. drink. Plz share so we can get the word out. God Bless America! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freds-Restaurant/186745074245

10. Stephanie King: feeding station, I-75 in Kentucky on Jelico Mountain.

It’s time for Americans to PROTEST LIKE EGYPTIANs.

UPDATE: 

US News: ‘Truckers for the Constitution’ Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen:

Trucker-specific grievances behind the protest include Environmental Protection Agency fuel efficiency standards and the high cost of diesel fuel. State and local anti-idling laws as well as insurance companies purportedly requiring technological updates are among the irritations, as is the perceived deterioration of Fourth Amendment rights protecting truckers’ cabs.

Whether or not the truckers pack a punch to D.C. area traffic depends on the number and intensity level of participants. A similar three-day protest in 2007, against illegal immigration and competition from Mexican truckers, did not spoil commutes as feared, the Washington Examiner reported. A Facebook page advertising the upcoming ride has close to 50,000 likes.

The funny thing about this article – it’s in an MSM rag – and virtually all the comments are supportive of the truckers and derisive of “Ovomit” as some call him. Where’s the left? Where’s the DOJ “blog squad” –  the Obama advocates who are paid to troll blogs? Did the government shutdown cut-off these nonessential government employees?

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