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Red, white and blue

June 26, 2012
Daily Press


Once again, the "Grand-daddy" day of all will soon be here again. The 4th of July, a celebration of our country's freedom.

As our memories fade after years, so do dates and patriotic symbols. In curiosity, I wondered what do the "colors" of our "flag" mean.

On July 4, 1776, our founding fathers authorized a committee to devise a seal for the United States of America. It was to be a reflection of their beliefs, values and sovereignty of the new nation. "Our Flag" was completed on June 20, 1782.

The pales (the vertical stripes) colors are used in the flag of the USA. "White" signifies purity and innocence. "Red" hardiness and valor, and "Blue" the color of the chief. (The broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.

Thank you Lisa B. for googling the details on "Colors." She's a friend and a coworker of mine; who coincidentally happened to be born on the 4th of July.

Memories we hold dear, lovingly wrapped deep within our hearts. When you choose to reopen them you can "replay" a special time or place.

A memory of mine "replayed," was at Beaver Grove Elementary School in Marquette. It was an early morning ritual every classmate and I were fortunate enough to be a part of.

"Placing my hand on my heart," saying "the Pledge of Allegiance," and singing "My country tis of thee."

This may sound corny to some; but to me, as a child then, it was my first insight toward understanding, "honor of my country" and of the "flag" for which it stands.

On this 4th of July, 2012, have fun and enjoy the fireworks, food and family. Kids and parades; what a perfect time to share and replay the true meaning of this day. Our freedom. God bless America

Valerie L. Destrampe




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