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A Reublic…If You Can Keep It – Flag Lady Patriotic Fact

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“A Patriotic Fact from the Flag Lady’s Flag Store.

There were 55 delegates who met in Philadelphia to write the laws that govern our land. The Average age was 44 the oldest was Benjamin Franklin at 81 and the youngest was 26 [Jonathon Dayton, New Jersey]. The United States Constitution was passed on September 17, 1787.

WE THE PEOPLE were the first three words.

After our Constitution was signed a lady asked Benjamin Franklin, What have you given us?

He replied: We’ve given you a republic, if you can keep it.

God Bless America!”

Flag Lady Patriotic Facts: You’re a Grand Old Flag

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Transcript: (Background Music: You’re a Grand Old Flag originally composed by George M. Cohen – Licensed through 610 WTVN Columbus, Ohio)

A Patriotic Fact from the Flag Lady’s Flag Store:
“Some can describe what our flag means in a sentence and others have written paragraphs and books about it. Our military has courageously defended our nation and some lost their lives for what it stands for: Freedom and Justice for All!

It’s in our midst every day, It’s like old faithful, It’s there for us when we’re up, down, in or out. That’s the kind of American we should be, no matter what!

Be there for our country, let’s keep the flame burning for the United States of America. God Bless America!”

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Hello, Remember Me? Honoring the American Flag [VIDEO]

This is a poem read by Mary Leavitt the Flag Lady. It is a speech that she’s done for years. There have been a lot of requests to be able to share this speech with more people so we decided to put it into video form for you to share! Thanks for your support. God Bless You and God Bless America!

Flag Lady Remembers JFK: 50 Years Later

As you likely know, November 22nd marked a dark anniversary date in American history. It marked the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. Those who lived through it remember it as an emotional day. Mary, The Flag Lady, remembers it as an especially sad day for her because she had a strong respect for the President.

Mary’s high regard for President Kennedy remains alive to this day. The primary cause of her respect can be traced to his love of his country. Kennedy served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was passionate about his country remaining a nation worthy of the world’s admiration. His famous quote, “Ask not what your country can do you; ask what you can do for your country” embodies a challenge and devotion to country which stirred Mary, as well as her fellow Americans. Because she was too young to vote in Presidential elections prior to 1960, “Jack” was the first candidate she was able to vote for as President, still a point of pride for Mary.

Another reason why Mary thought highly of Kennedy was his family. She thinks Jacqueline Kennedy was the embodiment of what a First Lady should be: gracious, supportive and graceful. Her charm meshed perfectly with his charisma to create a couple that personified the American spirit. Not only were Jack and Jackie the all-American couple, the Kennedys were the all-American family. Mary loved to see the Kennedy family interacting together. Mary felt that when you saw the Kennedys together as a family, you were seeing the best of America. Mary was not the only family member who was fascinated by the Kennedy family; her eldest child, five-year-old daughter Lori, loved to watch Caroline Kennedy whenever she appeared on television.

It was this strong admiration for the President and his family made the events of November 22, 1963 so difficult for Mary. Like most Americans, Mary grew up learning about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. She was always struck by how sad that it must have been for Americans to deal with the death of the President. She never dreamed that she would learn first-hand just how hard it was.

She was preparing lunch for her three children when she heard the shocking news on the radio that the President had been shot. She would spend most of the next hours and days mesmerized by the news coverage of that awful day. Her late husband, Tom, was in Texas for business. They were able to connect by phone later in the day to discuss their shared sorrow. Later, Tom and Mary would tour the landmarks associated with that fateful day that Mary will never forget.

Many of you reading this story likely remember the day of Kennedy’s death as vividly as The Flag Lady. Or maybe you know someone who does remember our 35th President. We invite you to take a moment to ask someone else their recollections of President Kennedy so that the memory of a President who loved and served his country will survive for future generations.

Remembering 9/11 – Our Reflections & Memories

Every American remembers where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001. It is a day that none of those who lived to see it will ever forget. Each year we honor those that lost their lives on that day with moments of reflection. This year we wanted to share our memories and reflections from our own lives.

“In 2001 I was just 13 years old. I was attending Worthingway Middle School and was in the middle of gym class when we were all called inside from our activities for an announcement by the dean of students Bill Mosca. I won’t forget the words nor the expression on my teacher’s face as the words came over the loudspeaker.

At first I didn’t know what to think. None of us did – we were 12-14 years old. The only thing we had worried about up to that point was on the lunch menu for that day and when our next break from school was.

Our gym teacher Mr. Chadwell attempted to take questions and answer them to the best of his ability. An extremely difficult task I’d imagine to explain that type of horror to a group of middle school students.

I remember walking into the library and watching the video of the second plane hitting the second tower. It was like nothing any of us had ever seen. Some students were crying, others were so confused they just didn’t know how to act; almost like a catatonic state.

The next thought I had to myself was this, ‘I’m glad my grandfather didn’t live to see this.’ He had passed away just weeks before.

Now after 12 years of growing up and understanding those events more with each passing year – I find myself saddened on this day. The hate that was required to carry out such actions on innocent people is something that I’ll never understand fully. The only way that we can overcome this type of hate (in my opinion) is through the power of spreading overwhelming love in the world.

Those are my reflections and memories this year.”

– Harry Watson (grandson of the Flag Lady)

And now some recollections from the rest of our staff.

Tyler, another of the Flag Lady’s grandsons and current member of our Flagpole Center team, had just started his freshman year of high school. He was in English class when his teacher announced to the class what had happened. His strongest memory of what had happened was the shock that settled into him as realized the magnitude of what was happening.

Rich has been our Graphic Artist for over fifteen years. He was driving his son to preschool when he first heard the news report about the attacks. After leaving his son’s preschool he came into work. His normal work day of designing flags did not happen for awhile. The demand for Old Glory was so high that he was assigned the task of putting grommets into the U.S.A. flags that we were producing for our customers. He also remembers that within a couple of days he was driving home one evening and noticed that virtually every house on his block was flying a flag.

Andy, The Flag Lady’s son and our Flagpole Center Director, was operating a cleaning business that specialized in cleaning new homes that were ready to be occupied. He was finishing up a second floor room when an employee called upstairs asking if they heard the news report. The news caused their day to come to a stop.

Martie, our Seamstress of about three years, was home from work that day. After a phone call from her daughter, Martie turned on a television to learn what was happening. As she watched the news she remembers a slight feeling of survivor’s guilt that so many families were losing loved ones but she was not personally affected by the incident. But her more overwhelming feeling was of deep sorrow for those who were personally affected that day. She also remembers a sense of unity as she spoke with and prayed with strangers.

Patricia, our Custom Supervisor of over twenty-five years, was at work when she heard a news report on the radio. A coworker who lived nearby went home and brought in a television for their room so they could keep up to date with what was happening. Soon, the store was filled and customers were lining up out our doors and Pat was busy finishing U.S.A. flags for our community members.

Parween, another Seamstress here, was at home when she received a phone call from her husband about the news. She turned on the news and wept as she thought of all of the innocent people who died simply because they showed up to work. One of the harder moments for her was when she had to explain to her four-year-old daughter why she was crying. She also remembers thinking how much this day would change America.

Kevin, our Operations Manager, was a sophomore in college in 2001. He had just finished breakfast when a friend offered him a ride to his 9:00 class. A report came over the radio that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. It was a non-detailed report; he assumed it was a small personal plane that had not caused any damage to the building itself. By the time his 10:00 class started, it was clear that it was not an accident but both towers remained standing. That would be the last class he would attend that day. He was frustrated in that he could only watch what was happening.

Glenna, our newest team member, distinctly remembers watching the news coverage and hearing a repeated beeping noise. It was the vests of firefighters caught in the rubble alerting responders where they could be found. It was a chilling moment for her that captured the sadness of the events of September 11, 2001.

This Month in US History – September Edition

The month of September has great significance for many reasons in US History. We have seen some of our greatest triumphs and our nation’s largest tragedies come in this month. Additionally it holds significance for the end of the summer season in the US. Take a look at the top US history moments to remember from the month of September.

Top US History Moments in September

  • Japan Surrenders on the USS Missouri

    September 2, 1945 the United States surrenders to the United States on board the USS Missouri effectively ending their military campaign in WWII.

  • American Revolution Ends with the Treaty of Paris

    September 3, 1783 the American Revolution comes to an end with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. This signaled the end of the war for American freedom and officially gave birth to our nation on the international stage.

  • The Battle of Lake Erie Begins in the War of 1812

    This is especially important for Ohioans. It was on the morning of September 10, 1812 that Commodore Oliver “Hazzard” Perry took on the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. It was during this battle that the infamous quote “Don’t Give Up The Ship Flag” was flown from Perry’s boat during the battle.

  • September 11, 2001

    This day needs no title. We all remember where we were on that day and still continue to remember and honor the lives lost on that fateful day. We took the time to talk about some of our own personal reflections in an article and to share some of the most honorable moments to remember about that day.

  • New Constitution and Farewell Address for George Washington

    September 17 has is special for two main reasons. On September 17, 1787 George Washington was handed what would become the basis for our nations democracy. This constitution continues to be a beacon of hope for nations across the globe.

    On September 17, 1796 George Washington delivered his farewell message to the United States setting major precedents for future presidents to follow in his path.

  • Lewis & Clark return from their journey

    September 23, 1806 Lewis & Clark return from their journey where they surveyed the Louisiana purchase. This was a dangerous and important mission for the expansion of the United States from coast to coast.

  • Eisenhower Enforces Desegregation in Little Rock, Arkansas

    On September 24, 1957 President Dwight Eisenhower sent the National Guard to Little Rock Arkansas to enforce the new desegregation laws. This is of major significance in the war for equality in the United States.

  • Babe Ruth Hits 60 Home Runs

    As a baseball guy personally I had to make sure to get this one in here. On September 20, 1927 Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season and became the home run king until Roger Maris defeated his record 34 years later in 1961 by hitting 61 home runs.

  • These were just some of the moments that caught our attention from September that are important in American History. Did we miss any that you’d like to have seen? Tell us about it on our Facebook Page. Don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to get more fun facts like this and stay up on all the latest and greatest news.

    Thanks for reading. Stop in & see us sometime soon and remember, “Park in the Back!”.

The 10 Most Patriotic US Sports Moments [VIDEOS]

Take a look into the 10 most patriotic sports moments in history. Patriotic displays of emotion are something that we really love at the Flag Lady. If you’ve not noticed – you’d be hard pressed to find The Flag Lady walking around without at least one Red, White, & Blue display on her person. Recently, following the attacks on the Boston Marathon we got to see a lot of these moments where our country was brought together in support of our fellow Americans after a tragedy. This was displayed beautifully at the first Boston Bruins game after the attacks and it quickly spread around the Internet. If you’ve not seen the video yet you should definitely give it a look.

National Anthem at the Bruins Game

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Following that excellent display I thought it would be cool to put together a list of the Top 10 most patriotic sports moments in US History. Join the conversation by leaving a comment below or Tweeting Us make sure to use the Hashtag #SportsMomentsUSA.

10 Most Patriotic US Sports Moments

  1. Landon Donovan 2010 World Cup Winning Goal vs. Algeria

    This one is something I’ll never forget. I was watching this game with about 10,000 other Columbus residents at a local pub and the cheers, jumping, and shout-singing of the Star Spangled Banner is just something that I’ll never forget. I smelled like American Champagne (Beer) as no doubt gallons went up in the air for joy after this happened…

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  2. Kerri Strug Leads US Gymnastics to Olympic Gold in 1996

    With a bad ankle! One of the absolute most iconic moments in US Olympic history. It was so perfectly timed with and so perfectly landed. You know what I’m talking about but just watch for yourself. The brevity of the video doesn’t do justice to just how clutch of a landing that was. Without this moment – US loses gold to the Russians.

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  3. Rick Monday Saves the US Flag

    April 25, 1976 at Dodger’s Stadium a couple young kids headed onto the field to protest the US by burning the American Flag. Fortunately instead of an act of protest against our great nation – Rick Monday came in to save the day and created this memorable moment.

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  4. Joe Louis KO’s Max Schmeling

    Heading into WWII the stakes of this fight could not have been higher. Joe Lewis represented the US and Schmeling represented Germany. In this fight Joe Louis knocked down Schmeling 3 different times in the first round and Schmeling’s corner had to throw in the towel. I don’t know about you – but after seeing these punches from Joe Louis I’m pretty sure the first solid one would’ve knocked me out!

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  5. Pat Tillman Enlists in the US Army

    As a young teen at the time of the September 11th attacks I can remember a lot of things. One of the most proud moments that I remember was the day that Pat Tillman turned down a multi-million dollar NFL contract to go fight to protect our freedom. There are thousands of Americans who make this sacrifice daily and I am forever in dept to you for your sacrifice. Thank you. When Pat did this – I remember my eyes filling up with tears of prideful joy that. A true man of integrity and a true American hero. This video commemorates his life.

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  6. Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier in Baseball

    With so many Patriotic moments to choose from this one certainly could’ve been even higher on the list. In a time when the United States was treating our brothers and sisters differently not based on the content of their character but on the color of their skin – Jackie Robinson took a step into the history books by becoming the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. Currently there is a movie commemorating the moment in time called “42” Jackie Robinson’s number.

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  7. Michael Phelps wins 8 Olympic Gold Medals

    This was the first Olympics that my wife and I watched every moment of together so this moment has a special place in my heart. Sure he trained at that school up north but we won’t hold it against him. His swimming was masterful, his humility in the moment was great, and his achievement brought world history home from Beijing. Congratulations Michael. This video does the best at showing it properly as #8 happened. I think the coolest part about this one was that it took a team effort to bring home the gold – this was an exciting race.

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  8. The Miracle on Ice

    This is one that unfortunately I was not alive to see but I completely understand the significance of the moment. The United States vs. the USSR. US heavy underdogs – height of the cold war. And the unthinkable happens. For many I’m sure this could have been number 1. The pressure of the final minute of the game from the USSR had everyone on the edge of their seats. As the announcer says himself, “No words necessary – just pictures.”

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  9. President Bush’s First Pitch at Yankee Stadium after 9/11

    Again this one I remember greatly. Shortly after the US watched in horror the attacks of September 11, 2001 take place this moment brought a small piece of healing to a nation that greatly needed it. This video captures the moment perfectly. I still get goosebumps.

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  10. Jessie Owens wins Olympic Gold with Hitler Watching

    As an Alumnus of The Ohio State University and a darn proud American – this moment has always and maybe even will always take the cake for me personally. The Olympics are in Berlin in 1936. The tension around the world is high. Nazi Germany and Hitler are in power attempting to prove that they are a superior race not just a superior nation. An African American man – representing the United States of America, wins gold in front of Hitler and listens proudly as his national anthem is played. What a great moment for humanity – not just America.

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That concludes our list. What are your favorite moments? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below or Tweeting Us make sure to use the Hashtag #SportsMomentsUSA.