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Patriotic Salutes Ezine July 2003.

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Quips and Quotes about our Founding Fathers

Vol. 1 Number 2 - July 1, 2003

Publisher: Steven Allen:

(C) Legal Awareness Series, Inc. Publishing 2003



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!"




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



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."

[Jefferson] "Why?'

[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

August 2,1776.

Excerpt taken from "Founding Fathers--Uncommon Heroes"

by Steven W. Allen

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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

his left.

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.


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

Easter Sunday

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.

for more information visit

SEE STEVEN ALLEN LIVE in 2003 (complete schedule below)

****************** SEE & HEAR STEVEN LIVE ***********************

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

Booth #401

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

7:00 p.m.

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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