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The Pledge Of Allegiance
Me; an individual; a committee of one.
Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
My love and my devotion.
TO THE FLAG
Our standard; Old Glory; a symbol of Freedom;
wherever she waves there is respect,
because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts,
Freedom is everybody's job.
OF THE UNITED
That means that we have all come together.
Individual communities that have united into forty-eight
AND TO THE REPUBLIC
Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity
All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a
and that is love for country.
Republic - a state in which sovereign power is invested in
representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government
is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the
leaders to the people.
FOR WHICH IT STANDS,
One Nation - meaning, so blessed by God.
Incapable of being divided.
Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own
life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
For All - which means, boys and girls,
it's as much your country as it is mine.
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone decided that it is now a prayer and it too would be eliminated from schools and public events?
God Bless America!
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Since I was a young man, two states have been added to our country
and two words have been added to the pledge of Allegiance...
Masons And U. S. Flag
A LAST WORD ...
Take a good look at that
American Flag, Brethren
It’s got more Masonry in it than you may know
Editor and Publisher Of The
AMERICAN MASON MAGAZINE
The weeks since the September 11 carnage at New York
City’s World Trade Center has seen more public exposure of our American
Flag probably than at any time since that day in 1777 when the Continental
Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United
States. We Americans have good reason to be proud of that symbol of
Freedom and of our great nation. How many Masons know the major role we’ve
had not only in shaping the destiny of this great nation, but also in
creating, guiding and bringing veneration to those stars and stripes that
comprise —”Old Glory.” Let us take a look back.
On January 1, 1776, General and Brother George Washington, after having
achieved a semblance of military order with a limited number of troops,
proclaimed the formation of the Continental Army at his headquarters on
Prospect Hill, Somerville, Massachusetts. There he hoisted the Grand Union
Flag on a 70 - foot mast in defiance of the British who were watching from
Boston. The flag too closely resembled the British flag. The enemy
sneered. An angry Bro. Washington while still in the field sketched the
idea of the stars and stripes on the back of an envelope. It was a
Mason—Bro. Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of
Independence, who really designed what the legendary Betsy Ross then cut
and sewed into America’s first flag. The following year, on June 14, 1777,
the Continental Congress approved the Stars and Stripes as a symbol of our
new freedom and independence. The thirteen stars on a blue field defiantly
replaced the British flag. After that Masonic glory accompanied the stars
and stripes on America’s journey to growth and glory.
Admiral and Brother John Paul Jones, “Father of our Navy” in France
achieved international prestige for our Navy and our country during a
historic ceremony at Quiberon Bay on February 13, 1778. There the French
Fleet gave our flag our first national salute, the first time America was
acknowledged as a sovereign nation. For most of a century— Sag Harbor
whaling men—Masons all—showed the stars and stripes to the four corners of
the world for the first time. Soon followed many memorable occasions when
we were to see Masons and our flag honored around the world as well as in
outer space—at the North Pole thanks to Admiral and Brother Byrd, the
South Pole, thanks to Admiral and Brother Amundson, and Scott, and on the
moon, thanks to Brothers “Buzz” Aldrin, and John Glenn. ln 1803, Admiral
and Brother George Prebble’s Squadron was fighting against the Barbary
pirates who were then infesting the Mediterranean Sea. On February 16,
1804, Commodore and Brother Stephen Decatur took the USS Intrepid into
Tripoli Harbor under the guns of the fort and fleet, to bum the USS
Philadelphia that had been captured after having accidentally run aground
and the crew inhumanely tortured. In 1814, the nation’s Capitol was burned
by the British during the War of 1812. On Lake Erie, Commodore and Brother
O. H. Perry flew a flag that read: “Don’t Give Up The Ship,” and after the
battle reported, “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” On September
14, 1814, Brother Francis Scott Key, prisoner aboard a British man-of-war
shelling Fort McHenry, wrote on the back of an envelope what was to become
our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. In 1831, Captain and
Brother Thomas Driver of the SS Charles Daggett received a delegation of
ladies aboard ship who presented him with a new flag they had just made.
He immediately ordered the new colors run up the mast and as he saluted
declared, “l name thee Old Glory.” The name stuck. Bro. Driver was to
carry “Old Glory’’ twice around the world. The year 1861 saw our nation
tested as to whether it could survive as a nation united. Civil War. We
were to suffer 650,000 casualties, more than for all wars combined until
World War 11. And Brother James Gilmore wrote: “When. Johnny comes
marching’ home...” It was during those terrible times that Brother elect
(but never initiated) Abraham Lincoln described America as “a new nation
conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are
created equal...a nation under God that shall have a new birth of freedom
and that the government of the people, by the people and for the people
shall not perish from the earth....” In 1892, Brother James P. Upham,
publisher of Youths Companion Magazine, advanced the idea of a flag
raising ceremony in all schools in celebration of the 400th anniversary of
the discovery of America by Sir Knight Christopher Columbus. Patriotic
fervor swept the country. For an appropriate prayer filled with reverence,
patriotism and love of country, for occasions such as these, the Rev. and
Brother Francis J. Bellamy created America’s Pledge of Allegiance. Bro.
Bellamy’s pledge was first used on Columbus Day, October 12, 1892 and was
officially adopted on June 22, 1942, “under God” was added June 14,1954.
And all through the terrible World War One we “kept our eye on that Grand
Old Flag” as instructed by Bro. Geoge M. Cohan in his “ Grand Old Flag”
In 1941 we were again called upon to defend our freedom and that of
weaker nations subjugated by power hungry dictators. We marched to Brother
John Philip Sousa’s Semper Fidelis March, The National Emblem March and,
of course, Stars and Stripes Forever. And, with the poetic genius of
Brother Irving Berlin, we all asked “God to Bless America “
On August 3, 1949 a Master Mason and Knight Templar 80 years old and in
failing health, came to Washington from Yeadon. Pa., to witness U.S.
President and Brother Harry S Truman sign The Flag Day Act into law. Bro.
William T. Kerr had, with other Masons, for more than a half century,
appealed to every United States President from McKinley to Truman. He lead
rallies and continually promoted the idea of a special day to honor “Old
Glory.” Kerr died in 1953 but left his brethren this legacy, now the law
of the land.
We see daily what Americans are doing to honor our flag. What are we
Masons doing to honor the flag for which our Craft has played so important
a role? We can ALL OF US honor our flag this coming June 14, 2002 in a
special, collective way. Let us make Masonry proud of our contribution to
our flag’s glory. Imagine if all America’s lodges on that memorable day
were to join together in singing Brother Irving Berlin’s very special,
musical gift to our flag, our nation and our craft of Freemasonry:
“God bless America
Land that I love
Stand beside her and
with the light from the lights from above
mountains, to the prairies
to the oceans white with foam
My home sweet home
God bless America My home, sweet,
And what if every Lodge - and/or Masonic District — were to hold
special PUBLIC Flag Day ceremonies that June 14 — ? What a way for
brethren to ask God to Bless America and remember September 11. So mote it
be. Bro.Andy Boracci
Reprinted with the permission of Brother Andy Boracci
Publisher Of The
The world's first Masonic Electronic Magazine
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The 13 Folds Of The American Flag
Have you ever wondered why the flag of the United States of America is folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the widow at the burial of a veteran? Here is the meaning of each of those folds and what it means to you.
1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of all the veterans departing our ranks who
gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as Americans citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war.
5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decature, "Our country, in dealing with other countries may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we 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.
7. Theseventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, there love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of this country since they were first born.
11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in there eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust". After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by the comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
The next time you see a flag ceremony honoring someone that has served our country, either in the Armed Forces or in our civilian services such as the Police Force or Fire Department, keep in mind all the important reasons behind each and every movement.
They have paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us by honoring our flag and our Country.
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