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Patriotic Salutes Ezine May 2003.

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Quips and Quotes about our Founding Fathers

Vol. 1 Number 1 - May 2, 2003

Publisher: Steven Allen

(C) Legal Awareness Series, Inc. Publishing 2003


"I wonder if future generations

will ever know what we have suffered

on their behalf." --Abigail Adams

(Wife of the second President of the U.S.)



nominated for a Glyph Award! Steven Allen's book has

been nominated in several categories, including best

cover, interior design, and local artist categories.

Congratulations, Steve!




1. Founding Fathers Story

2. Patriotic Holidays of the Month

3. Flag Etiquette

4. News & Upcoming Events


Happy Birthday, Patrick Henry: May 29th

Celebrating his 267th year!


1. Founding Fathers Story



Many people remember this title as the famous speech

given by Patrick Henry. But did you know that his wife,

whom he had to keep in a straight-dress so she wouldn't

injure herself, had just died the month before he delivered

this speech? So he had experienced a little something about

both liberty and death during this trying time. You will

hear some of the passion he had on freedom in the following

words he offered:

Henry's Immortal Speech

Patrick Henry delivered his most famous and powerful

speech on March 23, 1775. British troops were occupying

Boston. The Boston Massacre had taken American lives.

The King continued to refuse to hear American petitions.

The delegates to the Virginia Committee of Safety

decided to meet at St. John's Church in Richmond,

Virginia, because it was the only building in that

city which would be big enough to accommodate all of

them. It was a simple, white, wooden building with

about 60 pews. Many people from the city also gathered

in and around the church. They were anxious to hear what

the delegates would recommend in an attempt to reconcile

with Great Britain.

Patrick Henry stood before the huge crowd. Unknowingly,

the speech that he was about to make would forever keep

alive the name of Patrick Henry and emblazon him-almost

as some mythical hero-in our country's glorious history.

After listening to the conciliatory resolutions being read,

an indignant Patrick Henry jumped to his feet and delivered

his famous speech. Included in his elegant, moving message

were the following words:

[British troops] are sent over to bind and rivet upon us

those chains which the British ministry have been so long

in forging. . . . We have done everything that could be done

to avert the storm which is now coming on. . . . An appeal

to arms and the God of Hosts is all that is left us! They tell

us, sir, that we are weak, unable to cope with so formidable

an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? . . .

Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?

Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying

supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of

hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means

which the God of nature hath placed in our power. . . . Besides,

sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God

who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise

up friends to fight our battles for us. . . . The battle, sir,

is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active,

the brave. . . . Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace-but there is

no peace. The war is actually begun. . . . Why stand we here idle?

. . . Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased

at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!

I know not what course others may take; but as for me,

give me liberty or give me death!"

The effect of Henry's speech was electric. The news of those

powerful words quickly spread out the chapel doors,

throughout the colony of Virginia, and across a country

anxious for freedom. Henry was ahead of others in his

thinking about the Revolution. Some 50 years later,

Thomas Jefferson stated, "After all, it must be allowed

that he was our leader in the measures of the Revolution

in Virginia, and in that respect more is due to him than

to any other person . . . . He left all of us far behind."

Excerpt taken from "Founding Fathers--Uncommon Heroes"

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2. Patriotic Holidays of the Month


May 1 -- National Prayer Day

May 4 -- Rhode Island's Independence Day

May 6 -- National Anniversary of the 1st Postage Stamp

May 18 -- Armed Forces Day

May 26 -- Memorial Day (Observed)

May 29 -- Patrick Henry's Birthday


3. Flag Etiquette


Since 9/11 more and more people are displaying the

American Flag. This is wonderful! Our patriotism in

this great Nation has been raised to a new level.

But there are some guidelines to flying the flag.

Can I leave my flag outside all the time?

Yes! As long as you abide by these standards:

1) Make sure you have an all-weather American flag.

2) You must illuminate the flag at night

3) It is best to bring the flag indoors on a rainy or

snowy day or if the wind is blowing hard enough to tear

the flag.

If you are missing any one of these elements, it is best

to raise your flag first thing in the morning, and take

it down before the sun goes down each night.

There are a number of places that fly the flag both

day and night:

=> Fort McHenry National Monument and National Shrine

Baltimore, Maryland

This is where "The Star Spangled Banner" was written

by Francis Scott Key.

=> Flag House Square

Baltimore, Maryland

Where Mary Young Pickersgill and her daughter Claudia

cut the pieces for the flag that flew over Fort McHenry

during the war of 1812.

=> The United States Marine Corps Memorial

Arlington, Virginia

The memorial that commemorates the capture of

Iwo Jima Island during World War II.

=> The White House

Washington, D.C.

The White House honors the flag day and night only when

the President is in residence.

=> The Washington Monument

Washington, D.C.

=> United States Customs ports of entry

=> National Memorial Arch at Valley Forge State Park

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

There may be even more places that fly the American Flag

at all times. If you know of any, write to us at



4. News & Upcoming Events


Congratulations to the following winners:

Charles, the winner of Steven Allen's book,

"Founding Fathers -- Uncommon Heroes."

Barbara winner of the American Flag.

Steve winner of the Betsy Ross Flag.

Pam, winner of "George Washington's Rules of Civility

and Decent Behavior."

Vickie, winner of "George Washington's Rules of Civility

and Decent Behavior."

Watch for our upcoming contests and events. You could be

our next winner!


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.



patriotism and the Founding Fathers.

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