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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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Liberty, when it begins…

"Answering Liberty's Call" by Don Troiani

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. The checks he endeavors to give it, however warrantable by ancient usage, will, more than probably, kindle a flame, which may not be easily extinguished; tho’ for a while it may be smothered by the Armies at his command, and the Nobility in his interest. When the people are oppressed with Taxes, and have cause to suspect that there has been a misapplication of their money, the language of despotism is but illy brooked.” George Washington, Letter to James Madison, March 2, 1788

Read: Sons of Liberty: Patriots or Terrorists?

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Letters

 

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Real patriots…

"Washington, Lafayette, and Tilghman at Yorktown" by Charles Willson Peale

“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

Discover: The Ride of Tench Tilghman

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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