The designer of our current 50-star flag was Robert Heft. It was 1958 and there was some talk that Alaska and Hawaii were going to officially become states 49 and 50. One of his high school teachers capitalized on the current events of the day and had his students design a new flag incorporating the two new states. Inspired by Betsy Ross, (and cutting up his parents’ flag), Heft did just that, arranging the stars so it wasn’t very evident that he had added any. His teacher gave him a B-, saying that the design was unoriginal. When Heft balked at the grade, his teacher told him that if he could get the flag adopted by Congress, he would bump the grade up to an A. Heft jumped at the opportunity, sent the flag to his congressman, and after a long campaign and a refusal to give up, he ended up getting the flag approved. Heft got his ‘A’ as promised. Since then, Heft’s original homemade flag has flown over every single state capitol building, over 88 U.S. embassies, and over the White House for five administrations. He is now deceased, but has left behind a design with 51 stars ready to go if the need arises.
happy 4th of july!
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what better way to celebrate the day than walking all together
the local merchants
the roller derby team
the pedal bikers
the musicians with a cause
the snow buddies
and so many, many, more.
“diversity is about all of us,
and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”
jacqueline is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. In 2015, Woodson was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.
“you have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the white house in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy and the flies die from happiness. you may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
happy birthday u.s.a!
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when walking inside from another round of snow
and being greeted by a 4th of july display
at least i have my sandals on
with my long down coat
and i am ready for anything.
“there are certain odd times and occasions
in this strange mixed affair we call life
when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.”
”we must be free not because we claim freedom,
but because we practice it.”
happy 4th of july
and here’s to practicing freedom every day
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it’s just not a parade until the veggies do their dance
“vegetables are a must on a diet.
i suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
happy 4th of july
“the boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.”
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happy 4th of july from the u.s.a.
very proud that my country chose freedom over fear
freedom lies in being bold.
While on summer vacation from school, I went on vacation from that vacation, and headed down under, then went on vacation from that vacation, for a long weekend in prevelly, Western Australia. While there, we stayed in a wonderful holiday surf house and celebrated the 4th of July, a holiday from my original vacation location. all I know is that I am on vacation.