Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day

written by Jeff Thorne - MSP Quilting Angels

In the United States Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second
Continental Congress in 1777.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States of
America. The lyrics come from "Defence of Fort McHenry", a poem written in
1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after
witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships
in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.

Working as a grade school teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, in 1885, Bernard J.
Cigrand held the first recognized formal observance of Flag Day at the Stony
Hill School.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially
established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was
established by an Act of Congress.

On June 14, 2012, we commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the
FREEDOM which was secured in this battle.

Every moment of every day, the men and women of the United Sates military
serve to protect and defend our freedom under the Flag of the United States
of America - for all of us.

With every piece we sew we create ties that bind together this nation and
each of us with the recipients of our Quilts of Valor.

Though we may never know the depth of their service and sacrifice to protect
and defend this Great Nation - we are humbled and privileged to Honor and
Comfort them With Quilts of Valor.

From Down Range -

To all:

I would like to take this time to thank every single member of MSP quilting
angels from Germantown, MD.

Recently, I returned from a 6 month deployment in Afghanistan.

During a mandatory visit to the VA hospital in Baltimore, we were given
quilts from your organization.

It means a lot that your organization takes so much time to show us so much
care and love.

What you made was not a quilt but a symbol of the true American spirit and
what separates our country from all other countries on this earth.

This quilt will be used to heavily in the next couple of years.

I will make sure that our child, to be born later this year, understands the
meaning behind this quilt, so they will understand how blessed they are to
be raised in this country and how the people in this country are what
separates us from all others.

So to Joanne K and the Germantown, MD Quilting Angels, Thank You.

TSgt Jared

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