Today is Juneteenth

What exactly is Juneteenth? It is a celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States.  The first time this holiday was celebrated was June 19, 1865.  After the Civil War ended Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas.  He quickly spread the news that the war had ended and that the slaves had been freed.   As you hopefully remember from reading Lincoln’s speeches during Jump #6, the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves on January 1, 1863.  Sadly, it took two years from the time the Emancipation Proclamation became law until it could be enforced in Texas.  Every year since than, Juneteenth has been celebrated on June 19th with parades, parties, and other celebrations.

U.S. Army Celebrates 242nd Birthday – June 14, 2017

Some cool facts about the United States Army to celebrate the Army’s 242nd birthday!

  • Thirty presidents served in the Army and/or state militias, including Captain Abraham Lincoln.
  • Only about 1/4 of 17-23 year-olds are qualified for military service.
  • During the American Revolution, Francis Marion (“the Swamp Fox”) pioneered modern guerrilla warfare.
  • In 1778, the Continental Congress asked General Washington to create a service uniform for the Continental Army.
  • When considering the American Revolution was fought before the United States became a country, the army is older than the United States.  The Second Continental Congress authorized a Continental Army to be created on June 14, 1775.
  • George Washington was the best man for the job when he became General of the American Army during the American Revolution.  He had the most experience having fought in the French and Indian War and he had served as commander-in-chief of the Virginia Regiment.

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Happy Flag Day!

June 14th is Flag Day.  The day we celebrate the American flag.

So who designed the first American flag?  No one knows for sure.  The idea that Betsy Ross created and designed the first flag is pure legend.  No one can prove or disprove the claim.  The story first came from her grandson in 1876.  Some think that Francis Hopkinson designed the flag.  He was a  signer of the Declaration of Independence and he was part of Washington’s cabinet.  There is proof that he helped design the Official United States seal and the American Navy flag.

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Our American Flag looks similar to Great Britain’s flag.

The flag has six-pointed stars on it.  Each star, in the original flag, represented an original colony.  Today the stars represent each state in the Union.  The 13 stripes represent the thirteen colonies that declared independence from Great Britain and became the first states in the Union.

The flag colors of red, white and blue do have a meaning.  Red symbolizes for bravery and heroism, white for innocence and purity, and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice.

A nickname of the American flag is “Old Glory”.

Want to learn more?  Click here to watch a video.