Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day :: Fly the Flag and Ring Bells!

This is a really old pin-back button that I picked up at a flea market in North Carolina back in college. I love to wear it on patriotic holidays like Independence Day or Flag Day, and Memorial [Decoration] Day, but also on election day. And sometimes I wear it to a DAR events. The paper insert inside reads "Lucke Badges and Buttons, Baltimore, MD". The flag artwork is just beautiful. It's such a pure sentiment. (You'll also probably notice that this is the button that inspired this year's DAR Chicago Flag Day pin, in the sidebar below.)

One of my favorite patriotic songs is "You're a Grand Old Flag" by George M. Cohan. It's a good one to put a little pep in your step this time of year.


by George M. Cohan

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag!


When you're out today, carry a small flag if you have one (I love to carry a little parade flag... particularly the Betsy Ross variety), wear a vintage flag pin, or even a vintage political badge. The DAR also encourages people to fly the flag and ring bells on the Fourth of July. Enjoy your day!

Read more about the history of the song, "You're a Grand Old Flag" here.

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