Sunday, June 14, 2009

Flag Day

Good Sunday Morning and Greetings on this Blessed Flag Day!

If you love America and Americana you MUST click on this link.

Trisha Bowler forwarded the original Smilebox greeting with me this note, "My friend Jeannie loves to make smile boxes. Check out this one and be sure to watch all the way through. She inserted a pic of her grandson in his Boy Scout uniform, her daughter removing her glasses, me in my r/w/b and herself in the end. Sooo cute!!"

My writer's gene kicked me. The one graced with insatiable curiosity that propels me both to hunt facts to cultivate into stories

First stop: Background- Permission to reprint both story and graphics. Trisha put Jeannie in touch. She was, of course, given time to change any photographs I do not have permission to print. I am not the paparazzi.

Second stop: historical background-
On June 14, 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 Stars, in the original 'Betsy Ross' flag then lined up in the first official flag. Since then, thirty seven states have joined the Republic, represented in a series of more flags.

Jeannie is none other than Jeannie Gutierrez, previously was with Hallmark Escrow. After 35 years as an Escrow Officer, she is is taking some time to "smell the roses" and lovin' it! She also continues to facilitate document signing/notary public work.

Third Stop. This actual posting. I'm not quite sure how to upload directly from Smilebox onto this blog- but the link appears to work. So rather than waken my husband, who deserves to sleep in for all the hard work he performs at the office and here, I will stick to my technical ability and trust you want to smile enough to open that link up top.

To learn more about our flag and how to purchase any of the series of official flags, this is a GREAT LINK. The flag graphics were picked up there.

Photograph images of flag and the rose "In the Mood" are by Gene Sasse, used with permission. More of his work available

You can set up your own Smilebox account, to send personalized greetings, by logging onto

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lydia, sorry to be so late in responding to your wonderful Flag Day tribute and to T's friend Jeannie, who put together the Smilebox. I loved it. You may or may not know, but Jerry and I were married on Flag Day, 1975. Red White and Blue have always been my favorite colors .... Jerry's too, as he was a Marine. His loves in order were me, our children, the Marine Corps, God, and our country. Don't ask... the Corps held one of the highest spots. This anniversary was especially hard, since I had back surgery on the 1st and now a special day comes along that we always shared with lots of love. Many times he'd fix a special dinner for our special day... candles and all. Thanks for this ..
Oregon Sue