Monday, July 02, 2007

Happy Independence Day, US of A!


A picture I took in 2003 at an Air Show here in Alaska.

Meaning of the red, white and blue colors of the Great Seal of the United States:

"The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice." - Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, 1782.

There is not an official designation or meaning for the colors of the Stars and Stripes. According to legend, George Washington said:

"The stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country."

The name "Old Glory" comes from 1831. Captain William Driver, a shipmaster from Salem, Massachusetts, exclaimed, "Old Glory! when friends presented him with a 24-starred flag as it unfurled in the ocean breeze.

During this day, unfortunately we are at war in Iraq. I hope that you will remember to pray for our troops now, on our Independence Day and the rest of the time they have to be there. The enemy that they stand against would love to wreck havoc in this land of ours as they do in Iraq now - terrorists. Let's be vigilant here at home too as this enemy, I believe, may be living right here and right next door to many of us.

I did a search on what each color means just for fun and came up with these lists of what we have come to think of when we observe these colors:

Red


Stimulating.
Hot.
Cupid.
Devil.
Red carpet.
Red light.
Stop sign.
Communism.
Purity.
Joy.
Celebration.
Red letter day.
Red herring.
In the red.
Red flag.
Fire.
Blood.
Energy.
War.
Danger. 
Passion.
Desire.
Love.
Warmth.
Red rose.

White


Light.
Goodness.
Innocence.
Purity.
Virginity.
Perfection.
Safety.
Cleanliness.
Positive.
Faith.
Snow.
Angels.
Hospital.
Sterility.
Good guys.
Whitewash.
Whiteout.
White flag.
White lightning.
White elephant.
White knuckle.
White as the
driven snow. White sale. White list. White knight. Pearly white. White daisy.

Blue


Sky.
Sea.
Depth.
Stability.
Trust.
Loyalty.
Wisdom.
Confidence.
Intelligence.
Faith.
Truth.
Heaven.
Calming.
Tranquility.
Boy.
Sadness.
True blue.
Out of the blue.
Blue ribbon.
Blue blood.
The Blues.
Baby blues.
Feeling blue.
Blue Monday.
Singing the blues.
Into the blue.
Forget-me-nots.

4th of July Fun:

Cut a star in one snip! 5-Pointed Star suggested to be used on the US flag by Betsy Ross.

I wish that all men, all over the world could be free.

May God bless You, America.

I went to visit Millie. She was sitting quite comfortably in a chair. It was so good to see her and talk to her again. She had both of her eyes open for a short time while I was there. I got to help the nurse put her back into her bed and get her comfortable there before I went back home. She's been hospitalized for 188 days today.

8 comments:

e-Mom said...

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Your post is chock-full of interesting information, not the least of which is cutting a 5-pointed star with one snip. I have bookmarked the page, and will give it a try!

Also, a neat photo of the airplane at the top of your post.

Blessings to you my friend. :~)

Connie Marie said...

Thank you e-mom.
I hope your 4th will be a happy day.

Kerri said...

Hi Connie,

You've always got such interesting information to share. :o)

What are you planning for your 4th of July? Of course you know we have our community-wide activities going on. But...the weather man called for 90% chance of rain showers. :o( Maybe he's a day off. It's kinda messy out there right now. Hopefully it will blow over. We've never let the rain stop us...but would be much more comfortable to be outdoors all day if we had some sun!

Connie Marie said...

Hi (((((((((((Kerri)))))))))

We will be on the road heading up the highway for the kids State Motocross racing. We plan to be picnic'ing along the way.

I know you will have a great day of celebrating freedom with your town, those small town activities always seem to make July 4th fun.

I am happy for the rain happening right in time for fireworks, it was much too dry before.

HUGs

Constance said...

I'm back!!!!!!
Can't wait to hear about your weekend!
Hugs,
Connie

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Great Post, Connie Marie,and I love the song. I am praying for Millie. I am so sorry she is still in the hospital. Have a good week. connie from Texas

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

We have entered casually and have remained awhile, congratulations. Regards from Catalonia - Spain

Connie Marie said...

Welcome home again ((((((BBF)))))) It's always nice when you are back because you blog so regularly too! I will be checking out blogs here in a bit.

Hi Thoughful Connie! I hope you had a beautiful 4th. Thanks for prayiing for my sister. It is always a comfort to know that others continue to keep her in their prayers.

Hi te la ma maria reus, thanks for visiting!