While celebrating today…

…please take some time to remember the reason for Independence Day!

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Flag Day

Replica of the original flag of the United States of America

Replica of the original flag of the United States of America

From Wiki:

Flag Day (United States)

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

 The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110 is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the President’s discretion to officially proclaim the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale.  New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday.

Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is at Fairfield, Washington.  Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and celebrated the “Centennial” parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events.

One of the longest-running Flag Day parades is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, which began in 1952, celebrating its 59th year in 2010.  The 59th Annual Appleton Wisconsin 2009 Flag Day Parade featured the U.S. Navy. The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, New York, which bases its parade on the Quincy parade and typically draws 50,000 spectators.  A Flag Day parade is also held annually in Hudson, New York, where ten to twelve thousand people gather to participate in this annual extravaganza.

Art IS Freedom…

…and I am happy to exercise that freedom…in Photoshop (TM), of course!
I took this shot while walking around one day recently.  For the five and a half years I have lived in this neighborhood, one thing has really disgusted me:  the condition of the CTA underpasses.  CTA let them go for so many years, and it is only in the past several years that these northernmost underpasses are being repaired.  This one is certainly due for some heavy work, isn’t it?

Colors Under the “L”–Original

All the damaged parts weren’t easily discernible, so I ‘played’ for awhile and came up with this rendition:

Colors Under the “L”

I must admit, being a life-long artist…I do like the graffiti!

At little Bonnie at the end of my day

I will not be broken

That was then this is now
Found my way back here somehow
Knew you’d have to let me go
Told you once I told you so

Take me down
You can hold me but you
Can’t hold what’s within
Pull me round
Push me to the limit
Maybe I may bend
But I know where I’m not going
I will not be broken
I will not be broken
I will not be…

Someone other than who I am
I will fight to make my stand
Cause what is livin’ if I can’t live free
What is freedom if I can’t be me

Take me down
You can hold me but you
Can’t hold what’s within
Pull me round
Push me to the limit
Maybe I may bend
But I know where I’m not going
I will not be broken
I will not be broken
I will not be…

I won’t let you near it
I will let my spirit fly
Fly
High
Oh take me down

Take me down
You can hold me but you
Can’t hold what’s within
Pull me round
Push me to the limit
Maybe I may bend
But I know where I’m not going
I will not be broken
I will not be broken
I will not be…

To close this night…

…a little Ray Charles, in “The Blues Brothers”, with a lot of my signage.  Wasn’t he great?

And for all you Florida voters out there:  THINK! You better THINK FREEDOM, before you vote!

After all, isn’t FREEDOM what the USA is all about?

FREEDOM from tyrannical leaders, third-world-type despots like Mr. Soebarkah, who had to audacity to NOT honor a subpeona by the State of Georgia last week?