“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Today marks the anniversary of the first manned Moon landing. Those of us who are old enough to remember seeing it live can still recall the awe and wonder of that moment when Neil Armstrong stepped down and set foot where no man had gone before.
On this day 57 years ago, a very special little boy was born.
I just LOVE Birthdays! (Especially mine….)
On this day 16 years ago, we were given a very special gift:
On July 10, 2001, we welcomed Rebecca Claire into the world. She was absolutely perfect – another beautiful daughter. A few hours after her birth, our pediatrician gently informed us that Rebecca had been born with Down syndrome. The next 48 hours were a real emotional roller coaster. We cried, we asked ourselves, “Why?”, and we prayed. A lot.
Paul’s father passed away in 2013; I am so very grateful that my Dad is still around for me to tell him how very much I love him.
What better way to celebrate this day than with a song specifically about the United States flag? Written by George M. Cohan in 1906 – and the first song from a musical to sell over a million copies of sheet music – “You’re a Grand Old Flag” has been popular for over a century:
The original lyric for this perennial George M. Cohan favorite came, as Cohan later explained, from an encounter he had with a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. The two men found themselves next to each other and Cohan noticed the vet held a carefully folded but ragged old flag. The man reportedly then turned to Cohan and said, “She’s a grand old rag.”
Cohan thought it was a great line and originally named his tune “You’re a Grand Old Rag.” So many groups and individuals objected to calling the flag a “rag,” however, that he “gave ’em what they wanted” and switched words, renaming the song “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”
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Truly, a day that turned the tide of the war in Europe:
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
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Tagged D-Day, D-Day Invasion, D-Day Speech, Eisehhower, Normandy, The Greatest Generation, WWII