A Weekend Of Celebrations: The US Army And The US Flag *Weekend Open Thread*


Sunday is the US Army’s official 240th Anniversary. As one might expect, this anniversary comes with a lot of celebrations beginning earlier in the week.

But before we get to that, let’s take a quick look at how the US Army came into being. From Wikipedia:

The U.S. Army was founded on 14 June 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.

The 14 June date is when Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in The Committee of the Whole. This procedure and the desire for secrecy account for the sparseness of the official journal entries for the day. The record indicates only that Congress undertook to raise ten companies of riflemen, approved an enlistment form for them, and appointed a committee (including Washington and Schuyler) to draft rules and regulations for the government of the army. The delegates’ correspondence, diaries, and subsequent actions make it clear that they really did much more. They also accepted responsibility for the existing New England troops and forces requested for the defense of the various points in New York. The former were believed to total 10,000 men; the latter, both New Yorkers and Connecticut men, another 5,000.

At least some members of Congress assumed from the beginning that this force would be expanded. That expansion, in the form of increased troop ceilings at Boston, came very rapidly as better information arrived regarding the actual numbers of New England troops. By the third week in June delegates were referring to 15,000 at Boston. When on 19 June Congress requested the governments of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire to forward to Boston “such of the forces as are already embodied, towards their quotas of the troops agreed to be raised by the New England Colonies,” it gave a clear indication of its intent to adopt the regional army. Discussions the next day indicated that Congress was prepared to support a force at Boston twice the size of the British garrison, and that it was unwilling to order any existing units to be disbanded. By the first week in July delegates were referring to a total at Boston that was edging toward 20.000. Maximum strengths for the forces both in Massachusetts and New York were finally established on 21 and 22 July, when solid information was on hand. These were set, respectively, at 22,000 and 5,000 men, a total nearly double that envisioned on 14 June. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And that is how the Army came into being. I bet our Founders could not even IMAGINE what an amazing force the US Army (and the other branches) have become over the last 240 years.

Oh, what a force it has become. Below is a message from the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Sergeant Major of the Army:

No, we can’t forget what the Army has done for this nation, and what it continues to do. A very Happy Anniversary to the US Army – may this great force have many, many more celebrations.

This Sunday also brings us Flag Day, an appropriate celebration for the weekend, don’t you think? Let’s take a quick look at how this date was chosen:

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as ‘Flag Day’, and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.


Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. (Click here to read the rest.)

Fascinating history, isn’t it? And how cool that the idea for this day to be denoted as Falg Day came from a schoolteacher in Wisconsin. Cool!

And oh, what a flag it is. I cannot hear the National Anthem and think of all those who gave their lives for this Flag and our great nation. I know that mine is not the only heart that beats with pride in the Stars and Stripes, as this wonderful collection of quotes makes clear:

And long, long may she wave!

Happy Anniversary, Army, and Happy Flag Day one and all. This is your Weekend Open Thread.


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25 Responses to “A Weekend Of Celebrations: The US Army And The US Flag *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A good piece from The Federalist abt one lost flag: http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/13/on-flag-day-remember-fort-mchenrys-lost-storm-flag/

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    You have got to be kidding me with this insanity from the FAA for a CAMPAIGN event: http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/13/feds-create-no-fly-zone-for-hillary-clinton-campaign-event/

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I heard this earlier on the radio on our way to see Jordan. It seemed appropriate for the weekend. Not only does it honor our Flag, but the big flag is held by West Point Cadets.

    And on a more personal note, this was sung at my uncle’s funeral. He loved this song, loved our country, and served her as a Marine. He lived by the Marine code his entire adult life.

    Anyway, here it is:

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Happy Flag Day from cartoonist Randy Bish:

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Beautiful!!!! 🙂

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Indeed – and such a great quote (it was in our paper today, too). Thanks so much, Marge!

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Randy Bish is one of the many great cartoonists around. He always seems to have something special for holidays. Sometimes they’re funny and sometimes, like this one, they touch the heart.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Seems when Obama treats his own party the same way he’s always treated Republicans it doesn’t turn out well for him.

    As for the Republicans that support this atrocious bill, shame on you! And don’t look for my support the next time elections roll around. Especially Paul Pelosi Ryan whom I have voted for for years. That ended with his “Pelosi-like remark” and the arrogance behind it. The veneer of his “nice guy” persona was ripped off for good.

    Politicians always think we will come back to vote for them no matter what they do because we dislike the policies of the other party more. The old “hold you nose and vote for the least offensive” idea. They forget how often they offend to the point where people just stay home. No point in voting red if they’re just as bad as blue.

    Finding myself agreeing with the Dems is a creepy feeling. I doubt it is for the same reasons. My reasons are the secrecy which hides the things besides “free” trade which are hidden in the bill.

    Funny how the GOP was against this Obama secrecy before they had a majority. Or maybe not so funny.

    House Democrats kill Obama’s trade bill

    …”Basically the president tried to both guilt people and then impugn their integrity,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., one of the most outspoken opponents of the legislation.


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I forgot the cartoon that goes so well with this piece:

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I was SHOCKED when Paul Ryan, of all people, demonstrated his “inner Pelosi,” as one headline put it, on all of this. That it was the DEMS who stood up to Obama on this more than anyone else says a lot. What the hell is wrong with the Reps, including people like Paul, for whom I had some respect? Good grief.

        But yeah, it is a little funny to see the Dems get the same treatment from Obama that he has laid out on the Reps for the past six years. Maybe the Reps were so happy it wasn’t trained on them for a change, they gleefully went along to stick it to the Dems. Except that would be sticking it to the rest of US, too.

        Just astonishing.

        PERFECT cartoon and great comment!

        Oh, and yes, I know what you mean. Even though the bill had a “yay or Nay” ability in it, that there could be NO amendments or changes to it was senseless, and as a friend noted, we cannot count on the Reps to vote NAY when they should.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Maybe someone told them, About the tire tracks, On their backs. 😆

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Obama seems to have done a fine job of running DeFazio the wrong way. His arrogance knows no bounds and this is the result. Until now the left seemed to be willing to allow him to treat them like dirt. Maybe enough is enough? Or maybe since he’ll soon be powerless they don’t feel they need to take his crap anymore.

      Some former presidents retain a lot of power because of the ties they have to other elected officials. Obama seems to not know, or care, that by throwing other members of his party under the bus and treating them like crap he won’t have a whole lot of contacts in the future. But then he can always go on the speechifying circuit and make millions like the Clintons did.

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Maybe Americans are against “free” trade when it is conceived in secrecy and we are told in Pelosiesque language that we’ll learn what it’s all about once the bill is passed. Now that the Republicans have proven themselves as untrustworthy as the Dems the public trusts none of them. At least I don’t.

    Add in the hidden plans to take $700 million from Medicare to help pay for healthcare coverage and other benefits for workers who lose coverage because of any agreements negotiated under fast-track trade authority sought by President Barack Obama. Do I believe that more gutting of Medicare to be planned by both parties to be true? Absolutely if they can do it in secret and not jeopardize the Senior vote.

    Why Americans Are Turning Against Free Trade


  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Well, here is some good news. Attkisson will have a new weekly show: https://sharylattkisson.com/accountability-reporting-planning-my-new-weekly-national-program/

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Filed under “hoist with your own petard”,

    The Left’s Outrage At Jerry Seinfeld Proves His Point


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t that just so telling? And the article is spot on – these folks don’t even realize how much they are proving the point while on their sanctimonious high horse.

      Thanks for this!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I know, isn’t it ridiculous? Seems the selfies generation has little or no self-awareness.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, what a great description. That is perfect, and really captures the selfishness, self-centered nature of so these days. You nailed it!

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This goes along with the post I did on Jerusalem being declared NOT the capital of Israel. Oh, what a difference a few years makes: http://unitedwithisrael.org/watch-when-obama-really-supported-israel/

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    The ever inventive Andrew Klavan attempts to explain the left to us. And succeeds beautifully IMO. Especially about the “presshusss”.

    The Democrats Are Gollum

    And the press is their ring of invisibility. Or maybe I should call it the presshussss.


  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Fast track by Obama and the Dumbos… You remember the big dumb lying elephants we supposedly elected to STOP Obama?

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