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Quips and Quotes about our Founding Fathers
Vol. 1 Number 2 - July 1, 2003
Publisher: Steven Allen: firstname.lastname@example.org
(C) Legal Awareness Series, Inc. Publishing 2003
FOUNDING FATHERS--UNCOMMON HEROES received a glyph award
for Best New Book by a new publisher. Congratulations, Steve!
I recently heard this cute story. Thought you might enjoy it:
A teacher asked one of her pupils, "Can you name our nation's
The reply was, "Washington DC"
When asked what the "DC" stood for, the pupil added, "Dot com!"
IN THIS ISSUE
1. Patriotic Holidays of the Month
2. Founding Fathers Story
3. Flag Etiquette
4. News & Upcoming Events
Happy Birthday, Presidents John Quincy Adams (July 11), Gerald
Ford (July 14) and George W. Bush (July 6)!
1. Patriotic Holidays of the Month
July 1 -- First US Zoo Anniversary
July 4 -- Independence Day
July 4 -- "America the Beautiful" Published
July 6 -- President George W. Bush's Birthday
July 6 -- National Cherry Festival
July 11 -- President John Quincy Adams' Birthday
July 14 -- President Gerald Ford's Birthday
July 20 -- National Ice Cream Day
July 26 -- New York Ratification Day
July 29 -- NASA's Anniversary
2. Founding Fathers Story
"THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE" by Steven W. Allen
Did you know that John Adams thought we would celebrate
Independence Day on July 2? To learn why, read this story...
On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, acting on a
resolution of the delegation meeting at Williamsburg, and
proposed by Patrick Henry, stood before the Continental Congress
to make the momentous Resolution:
"That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to
be, free and independent States: that they are absolved
from all allegiance to the British Crown; and that all
political connection between them and the State of Great
Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."
Before a dissenting vote could be heard, John Adams jumped to his
feet to second the resolution. Some of the colonies were not yet
ready to accept this resolution. After heated debate, it was
agreed that a vote on the resolution would be postponed for three
weeks. A committee would be appointed immediately to work on the
language of a declaration of independence. This way, no time
would be lost in the drafting of a document . . . should the
resolution pass. The committee assigned to write a Declaration of
Independence included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin
Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston.
The first step of the committee was to appoint one of its members
to prepare a draft. Franklin, though the oldest and most
experienced, was ill. (It is thought by some that he wasn't
chosen to prepare the draft because his son William remained
loyal to the crown.) Both Adams and Jefferson had achieved
recognition as writers, so it seemed likely that one of them
would be selected. Jefferson noted only, the committee "desired
me to do it." John Adams left a more interesting account:
Jefferson proposed me [John Adams] to make the draft.
I said, "I will not. You should do it."
[Jefferson] "Oh, no! Why will you not? You ought
to do it."
[Adams] "I will not."
[Adams] "Reasons enough."
[Jefferson]"What can be your reasons?"
[Adams] "Reasons are: first -- you are a
Virginian, and a Virginian ought to appear at the
head of this business. Reason second -- I am
obnoxious, suspected, and unpopular. You are very
much otherwise. Reason third -- You can write ten
times better than I can."
"Well," said Jefferson, "if you are decided, I
will do as well as I can."
While attending congress in Philadelphia, Tom rented the second-
floor suite of the Graff house. This was a two-story home built
by a bricklayer named Jacob Graff. Here, Jefferson worked 17 days
preparing the draft of the Declaration of Independence. He did so
without the use of any reference materials. By this time,
Jefferson had extensive experience in the drafting of legal
documents as well as political experience in the Virginia
Jefferson was a creature of habit. He wrote between the hours of
six o'clock in the evening and midnight. He arose with the sun.
Each morning he plunged his feet into a basin of cold water. He
claimed this morning ritual was the reason he rarely had a cold.
After his work on the draft was completed, he presented it to
Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, who made only a few changes.
The draft was submitted to Congress on Friday, June 28th. It was
tabled until a vote could be taken on the resolution to break
with Great Britain. This resolution was finally adopted by
Congress on July 2, 1776.
Adams was the man who carried the burden of defending the
Declaration in the debate. Jefferson said, "John Adams was our
Colossus on the floor. He was not graceful nor elegant, nor
remarkably fluent but he came out occasionally with a power of
thought and expression that moved us from our seats."
The resolution approving a Declaration of Independence was
adopted on July 2, 1776. Adams thought July 2nd would become the
great day of celebration. The next day he wrote to Abigail:
"Yesterday the greatest Question was decided, which ever
was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was
nor will be decided among Men. . . . The Second Day of
July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha [sic], in
the History of America. -- I am apt to believe that it
will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the
great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated,
as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to
God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and
Parade, with Shews [sic], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells,
Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this
Continent to the other from this Time forward forever
With the resolution approved, now the body had to debate the
wording of the Declaration as proposed by the committee and
written by Thomas Jefferson. On July 4, the draft was adopted and
signed by John Hancock, president of the Congress, and then by
Charles Thompson, secretary. Twelve colonies voted in the
affirmative, New York being silent. New York finally adopted a
resolution approving and supporting the Declaration on July 9. It
then became the Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United
States of America. The remaining 54 members of Congress affixed
their signatures on the final handlettered parchment document on
Excerpt taken from "Founding Fathers--Uncommon Heroes"
by Steven W. Allen
visit http://www.uncommonheroes.us for more information
3. Flag Etiquette
Displaying the Flag
Did you know...
When a flag is displayed in a group of flags on staffs, the
American flag should be in the center and higher than the others.
When a flag is displayed next to a speaker, the American flag
should be to the speaker's right and any other flag should be on
When a speaker is talking and the flag is hung on the wall, it
should be above and behind the speaker.
When hanging a flag flat against a wall, you may hang it either
vertically or horizontally. either way, the union or canton --
where the stars are -- should always be on the flag's right and
the viewer's left.
In a window, hang the flag so its union will be on the left for
the people outside.
On your car, attach a flag to the right fender or chassis.
Although not officially recognized, many people attach a small
flag to the antenna. The flag should always be on the right side
of your car. You can also place a flag sticker in any window as
long as the union is toward the front of the car. This is so that
the flag is never in retreat. Don't lay the flag flat over the
hood or roof of your car or any vehicle, such as a boat.
SPECIAL TIMES TO FLY THE FLAG:
New Year's Day, January 1
Martin Luther King's Birthday, third Monday in January
Inauguration Day, January 20
Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
Washington's Birthday, February 22
Presidents Day, third Monday in February
Mother's Day, second Sunday in May
Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 14 (half-staff)
Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
Memorial Day, last Monday in May (half-staff until noon)
Flay Day, June 14
Army Day, June 14
Independence Day, July 4
Korean War Veterans Day, July 27 (half-staff)
Labor Day, first Monday in September
Patriot Day, September 11 (half-staff)
Constitution Day, September 17
Columbus Day, October 12
Navy Day, October 27
Election Day, first Tuesday in November
Veterans Day, November 11
Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7 (half-staff)
Christmas Day, December 25
Other State, local and religious holidays
4. News & Upcoming Events
Mark your Calendars for the Biggest Musical Event
in Arizona for the Summer of 2003:
Washington, A Patriotic Pageant
July 3 & 4, 2003
Snowflake, Arizona Rodeo Grounds
8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
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SEE STEVEN ALLEN LIVE in 2003 (complete schedule below)
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July 4 -- TV Channel 3 at 5:45 - 6:00 a.m.
July 4 -- KTAR 620 Radio at 8:05 a.m.
July 18-19 -- Arizona Home Educator's Convention, Phoenix Civic
Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Workshop: "Fun Facts About the Founding Fathers"
Saturday, July 19 1:15 p.m. Yuma Room 25
August 14 -- LDS Booksellers Association
Convention Center,Sandy, Utah
Book signing 12 - 3 p.m.
August 19-22 -- BYU Campus Education Week, Provo, Utah
Daily at 3:10 - 5:25 p.m.
Room 2258-2260 Conference Center
for complete class schedule see
September 14 -- Gilbert Constitution Week
October 15 -- Author & Speakers Roundtable
ASBA Office Building, 4130 E. Van Buren, #150, Phoenix, AZ
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
October 16 -- Daughters of the American Revolution Gilbert
Chapter, Dobson Ranch Restaurant
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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