Happy Birthday America!


Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Following are just a few of the steps the United States of America has taken to celebrate and honor our freedom, our allegiance, our pride and our independence since 1776.

In 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act:  "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.

The Pledge of Allegiance  was originally written in 1892, but it wasn't until 1942 that Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

In 1954, at the urging of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Congress passed legislation that adds the words "under God" to the pledge.  Eisenhower said "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

After all these positive and forward steps for America, on June 26, 2002, a federal appeals court has taken one giant leap backwards by ruling the Pledge of Allegiance as an unconstitutional "endorsement of religion" because of the addition of the phrase "under God" in 1954 by Congress.

CNN quotes Circuit Judge Ferdinand Fernandez as saying, "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful" will be gone for sure, and while use of the first and second stanzas of the Star Spangled Banner will be permissible, we will be precluded from straying into the third.  And currency beware!"

On this July 4th as we celebrate America's 227th birthday, we need to say the following loud and clear:

"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."

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"National Anthem"



"I'm Already There"

"Light From Above"


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