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Real patriots…

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“The Birth of Our Nation’s Flag” by Charles Weisgerber

“Real Patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favourite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

Our Country’s Flag

Said Washington to Betsy Ross, “A flag our nation needs
To lead our valiant soldiers on to high and noble deeds
Now can you make one for us, to which she made reply,
“I am not certain if I can; At least I’ll gladly try.”

Chorus:
So she took some red for the blood they shed
Some white for purity,
Some stars so bright from the sky overhead
Some blue for loyalty,
And sewed them all together,
For loyal hearts and true,
And hand in hand as one we stand
For the red, the white and the blue.

Said Betsy Ross to Washington, “Your country’s flag behold!”
And through his tear-dimmed eyes he saw the stars and stripes unfold.
Then to his breast he clasped it, and looked to heaven above.
“Oh may it ever stand,” he cried, “For rights and truth and love.”

(Popular school song, as recalled and submitted by Anne Dreisbach)

Read: Betsy Ross and the American Flag

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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“The value of liberty…

"George Washington and Family" by Thomas Prichard Rossiter

“George Washington and Family” by Thomas Prichard Rossiter

“The value of liberty was thus enhanced in our estimation by the difficulty of its attainment, and the worth of characters appreciated by the trial of adversity.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Letter to the People of the State of South Carolina, May 1790

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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I have been called upon…

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“I am now Imbarked on a tempestuous ocean, from whence perhaps no friendly harbor is to be found. I have been called upon by the unanimous voice of the Colonies to the command of the Continental Army. It is an honor I by no means aspired to. It is an honor I wished to avoid, as well as from an unwillingness to quit the peaceful enjoyment of my Family, as from a thorough conviction of my own Incapacity & want of experience in the conduct of so momentous a concern; but the partiallity of the Congress, added to some political motives, left me without a choice.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s letter to Colonel Bassett, June 19, 1775

Remember: 10 Articles of Advice by George Washington

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Letters, Uncategorized

 

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Foreign influence is…

“Washington at the Battle of Harlem Plains” by John Ward Dunsmore

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

 

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True friendship…

"Washington and Staff at Fort Lee" by John Ward Dunsmore

“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.” George Washington

Read: The Story Behind Fort Lee

Discover: The George Washington Bridge – An Overview

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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For me, it is enough…

"Bunker Hill - Fight at the Rail Fence" by John Ward Dunsmore

“For me, it is enough to have seen the divine Arm visibly outstretched for our deliverance, and to have received the approbation of my Country, and my Conscience, on account of my humble instrumentality in carrying the designs of Providence into effect.” George Washington

Read: Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607-1876

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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I consider…

"General George Washington Resigning His Commission" by John Trumbull

“I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God, and those who have the superintendence of them to His holy keeping.” George Washington

Read: American Exceptionalism

 

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