... and for liberty for which it stands


         It has aroused grown men to tears.  It has inspired young men to fight.  Many have died to protect it from defamation and dishonor. Nations salute it. Government and its citizens pledge their allegiance to it.  Songs have been written for it. 
Flag Day June 14th      
It is called by many names, Old Glory, Stars and Stripes, Flag of the Free, Banner of Liberty, Star Spangled Banner, The Flag of the United States of America ¾ and June 14, is its day ¾ Flag Day.  
 It is the greatest symbol of liberty and justice in the world today and it was 237 years ago, on June 14, 1777, that the Continental Congress resolved:
 ...that the Flag of the United States be 13 stripes alternate red and white, and the Union be 13 stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.
             The red and white stripes represent our original colonies and the stars, our 50 states.     

             The Flag of the Free never flies higher than in a time of distress when our citizens become one and then it blazes in its splendor.   Its colors represent red for hardiness and courage; white for purity and innocence; and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.             
            When the heroes that raised Old Glory on that hill in Iwo Jima in ’45, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley, Harlon Block, Michael Strank, and Rene Gagnon, it was so, as they said,
"every Marine on this cruddy island can see it."       
              And as our history has borne many heroes, after a brutal terrorist attack on American soil,  September 11, 2001, New York City Firefighters, Billy Eisengrein, George Johnson, and Dan McWilliams raised The Flag of the Free on Ground Zero and our nation resounded in a freedom call for which our troops willingly fought.
            Wrought in history is The Flag of the United States of America. It was during the war of 1812 that the glory of the Star Spangled Banner flying steadfastly amid exploding bombs in Baltimore Harbor inspired Francis Scott Key to write when, the smoke cleared, what he saw, that “...our flag was still there," and the story of what he witnessed by the dawn's early light, became song, words that resonate evermore, that our flag waves O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave,  The Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem.
             This Banner of Liberty that evolved from 66 different flags began with another American hero, General George Washington, who asked Betsy Ross to make him a banner that would represent the liberty on which our United States was founded. 
             One hundred years after The Flag of the United States of America was adopted by the Continental Congress, the anniversary of that declaration was first observed and Old Glory was honored, on June 14th.
            The evolving official United States National Flag, has become a muse for equality and independence, and is a symbol of our ideals.  Americans all over the world display The Flag of The Free–not just on Flag Day but during times of conflict, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day.  It is with reverence that we drape Old Glory on the caskets of those that have served and died, resting the starry blue canton over our champion’s heads.
            No other flag flies higher than The Flag of the United States of America with exception for the Church Pendant as Chaplains conduct services at sea and the United Nations Flag. The deference to our Stars and Stripes carries meaning beyond national respect as the United States Flag flown upside down represents a distress signal, and is flown at half-mast as a symbol of mourning. 
            Scores of American children learn early to stand with hands over their hearts, watching, as The Flag of the Free unfurls dramatically aloft and free, symbolizing the freedom for which it represents.
            I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…, are words written by Francis Bellamy that have survived 117 years  to Pledge Allegiance to our National Symbol Of Liberty.
            In 1942 Congress made this Pledge of Allegiance part of the uniform code for the use of The Flag of the United States of America, and in 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the two words that added  "under God" to the pledge.        
Since that time, schoolchildren all over The United States of America recite each day:                          
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
                                                                   © 1981 Janet Goodrich


Titles by Janet Goodrich


                         by Janet Goodrich  

One Times Won is a wonderful belly grabbing, rolling on the floor, giggling way to learn multiplication-using mnemonics, a skill we use everyday from childhood to adulthood to trigger memory with imagination. To see a child realize the magical moment of imagination is quite a thrill–plus One Times Won lets the child know that the learning experience can be fun.

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 Bayou Microbe, a novelette by Janet Goodrich, is a compelling tale of suspense and humor that unfolds near the mouth of the mighty Mississippi where it dumps into the Gulf of Mexico.
Armand and Celeste LeDay 's centuries old lifestyle dramatically changes when the Louisiana marshland is invaded by globs of oil from a spill and the environment is infected by its saviors.
The marsh is saturated with oil-eating-microbes and when they won't eat up the chemicals fast enough, their inventors create inducers and stimulate the little bugs. Then, the microbes get hungry for a little more than oil, while unaware Armand and Celeste lovingly banter about his Catahoula Cur.
I sure hope the control doesn't eat the control because as Johnette says: "If we can't flit 'em, whatta we do?"   But Johnette thought "...only God made bugs."




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