Tuesday, January 31, 2012

American Liberty

American Patriot
Today's Patriotic Quote:

“If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.”                          

Carl Schurz (1829–1906) Union Army General in the American Civil War

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Monday, January 30, 2012

American Democracy

democracy
Today's Patriotic Quote:

"The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity." Jimmy Carter 39th US President

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Friday, January 27, 2012

We Can all Be Patriots

Patriot
Today's Patriotic Quote:

"We can't all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots." Charles F. Browne (April 26, 1834 – March 6, 1867) American writer

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

American Flag

Today's Patriotic Quote
“Off with your hat, as the flag goes by! And let the heart have its say; you're man enough for a tear in your eye that you will not wipe away." Henry Cuyler Bunner (August 3, 1855 – May 11, 1896) American novelist and poet.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

American Patriot Values

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Today’s Patriotic Portrait

Sgt.1st Class John Burris, a native of Huntington Beach, California, is the subject of today’s Patriotic Portrait.

Burris is a Special Forces soldier with two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He spent eight years in various Special Forces assignments including two deployments to Afghanistan.

He earned his Purple Heart in 2007 after being hit by an IED while performing a recon as he rode an ATV. He and another soldier, “rolled up over the top of a hill, and we randomly hit an IED. I landed about 60 feet away.”

Burris said he had wanted to join the Army for as long as he could remember, and when he walked into the recruiter’s office, he had no doubt that it was exactly what he wanted to do. “I told him I wanted to be an 18C (Special Forces engineer.) I wanted to be on the front lines and I did not want to sit behind a desk,” he recalled. “I enlisted in October 2003 as an 18X, (Special Forces candidate) and graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2005.”

He is now a Business major at Troy University and is a cadet in the University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). He entered the ROTC program under the Green to Gold Active Duty Option. It allows him to continue to serve on active duty while going to school and participating in ROTC.

He says he is a different person from who he was at the age of 18. “The Army has allowed me to fulfill my goals,” he said. “My experience in the Army also shaped who I was and taught me resiliency (after being injured).

“The Army Values are important as they give every soldier the same set of rules to live by,” he explained. “My favorite is integrity. If you have integrity, you should, by default, automatically fulfill the other six.

Sgt. 1st Class John Burris’ outstanding values are refreshing. He is a great example of a young American Patriot and we appreciate his service to our country.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

American Unsung Heroes

American Heroes
Today’s Patriotic Quote:

“In our world of big names, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knowness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs.” - Daniel Joseph Boorstin (October 1, 1914 – February 28, 2004) American Historian

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Monday, January 23, 2012

American Democracy

Election
Today's Patriotic Quote:
"People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people.
Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote -- a very different thing." ~ Walter H. Judd

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Friday, January 20, 2012

What Can You Do For Your Country?

 
   Today's Patriotic Quote:
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy spoke those words during his inauguration speech, fifty-one years ago today . He was inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States of America.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Am An American

American
Today's Patriotic Quote:

“They're plain words, those four, simple words. You could write them on your thumbnail, if you chose, or you could sweep them all across the sky, horizon to horizon. But you needn't. You needn't do any of those things, for those words are graven in the hearts of 210,000,000 people. They are familiar to 210,000,000 tongues, every sound and every syllable, but when we speak them we speak them softly, proudly,  gratefully:  I am an American”.  
Hal Borland - American Author

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Patriotic Portrait - American Heroes

American Hero
Today’s Patriotic Portrait highlights five American heroes. Police officers Wayne Zachowski , Christopher Koszyk, Nick Gerardi , Steve Collier and firefighter Thomas Facciola.

On January 4th, without using any self-contained breathing apparatus, the officers rushed into a burning three-story residential building in Jersey City. They saved three trapped victims. Firefighter Facciola also rescued a victim from the Jersey City, NJ building.

When the officers arrived at the building ahead of the firefighters, they were told that there were people trapped inside. Finding the front door locked, the cops forced their way in and were met by heavy smoke and flames. They located the victims and carried them to safety.

Zachowski and Koszyk suffered smoke inhalation while pulling the people from the vacant building, and Facciola hurt his back when he fell while helping a victim outside the building.

We commend these men for risking their lives to save others.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

American Society

American
Today's Patriotic Quote:

“American society is characterized by spontaneous, voluntary, non-governmental cooperation of citizens in their local communities. It is brotherhood in action.”   Erwin D. Canham, American editor

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Monday, January 16, 2012

The American Dream

American Dream
Today's Patriotic Quote:

“Our own freedom and growth have never been the final goal of the American dream. We were never meant to be an oasis of liberty and abundance in a worldwide desert of disappointed dreams. Our Nation was created to help strike away the chains of ignorance and misery and tyranny wherever they keep man less than God wants him to be.” Lyndon B. Johnson

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Friday, January 13, 2012

American Virtues

American
Today's Patriotic Quote:

“Great has been the Greek, the Latin, the Slav, the Celt, the Teuton, and the Anglo-Saxon, but greater than any of these is the American, in which are blended the virtues of  them all.”        William Jennings Bryan
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Familty of America

Today's Patriotic Quote:

"We believe we must be the family of America, recognizing that at the heart of the matter we are bound one to another." Mario Cuomo

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Patriotic Portrait

Today’s Patriotic Portrait is of Betty Rose.
Betty Rose is a Veteran, she is a volunteer and she is 91 years old.
Rose’s volunteer career began at the age of 24, when she enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, which later became the Women’s Army Corps. She served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Today, she volunteers once a week at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. She serves coffee and cookies to outpatients and their family members, gives directions, answers questions, and makes Veterans feel welcome while they wait for their appointments.
She does all this even though she is legally blind and can barely see the faces of the Vets she is helping.
She does it because “It’s like sunshine for me. I like what the Veterans have done for our country. Paying them back fulfills me.”
Rose started volunteering at the medical center in 1959 and has given a total of 6,122 hours of her time to serve Veterans.
Over the years, she has not only worked every week in the volunteer ambassador program, she also has delivered personal care comfort kits for newly admitted patients, worked bingo games, provided refreshments and sponsored summer picnics. She has provided clerical support, purchased and wrapped gifts for the annual Christmas Gift Shop for patients, and cooked and served hot dogs at a booth for the Patient Carnival.
She has a special place in her heart for women Veterans and for many years has hosted special parties for women, provided women’s clothing, and escorted female patients on a boat trip in Detroit.
 Betty Rose is truly a remarkable person and a testament to what volunteerism is all about. It is impossible to calculate the number of people she has touched over the years.    
America could use more people like Betty Rose.  She is a great example of an American Patriot.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

The American Journey

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“The American journey has not ended. America is never accomplished, America is always still to build...What is a country in the mind, and so eternal.”  -   Archibald MacLeish  - American Poet     

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Friday, January 6, 2012

The American Flag - Freedom's Banner

The American Flag
by Joseph Rodman Drake

American Flag
When Freedom, from her mountain height,
Unfurled her standard to the air,
She tore the azure robe of night,
And set the stars of glory there!
She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
The milky baldric of the skies,
And striped its pure celestial white
With streakings of the morning light,
Then, from his mansion in the sun,
She called her eagle-bearer down,
And gave into his mighty hand
The symbol of her chosen land!

Majestic monarch of the cloud!
Who rear'st aloft thy regal form,
To hear the tempest-tramping loud,
And see the lightning-lances driven,
When stride the warriors of the storm,
And rolls the thunder-drum of heaven!
Child of the sun! to thee 'tis given
To guard the banner of the free,
To hover in the sulphur smoke,
To ward away the battle stroke,
And bid its blendings shine afar,
Like rainbows on the cloud of war,
The harbingers of victory!

Flag of the brave! thy folds shall fly,
The sign of hope and triumph high!
When speaks the signal-trumpet tone,
And the long line comes gleaming on,
(Ere yet the life-blood, warm and wet,
Has dimmed the glist'ning bayonet),
Each soldier's eye shall brightly turn
To where thy meteor-glories burn,
And, as his springing steps advance,
Catch war and vengeance from the glance!
And when the cannon-mouthings loud
Heave in wild wreaths the battle-shroud,
And gory sabres rise and fall,
Like shoots of flame on midnight's pall!
There shall thy victor-glances glow,
And cowering foes shall shrink beneath,
Each gallant arm that strikes below,
The lovely messenger of death.

Flag of the seas! on ocean's wave
Thy star shall glitter o'er the brave;
When Death, careering on the gale,
Sweeps darkly round the bellied sail,
And frighted waves rush wildly back
Before the broadside's reeling rack,
The dying wanderer of the sea
Shall look, at once, to heaven and thee,
And smile, to see thy splendors fly,
In triumph, o'er his closing eye.

Flag of the free heart's hope and home,
By angel hands to valor given!
Thy stars have lit the welkin dome,
And all thy hues were born in heaven!

And fixed as yonder orb divine,
That saw thy bannered blaze unfurled,
Shall thy proud stars resplendent shine,
The guard and glory of the world.

Forever float that standard sheet!
Where breathes the foe but falls before us?
With Freedom's soil beneath our feet,
And Freedom's banner streaming o'er us!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Today’s PATRIOTIC PORTRAIT


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Today’s PATRIOTIC PORTRAIT honors Lois Arace of Pittstown, NJ.  She was named “Individual Volunteer of the Year at the Area Level” by Special Olympics New Jersey.  The award was given at the organization's annual dinner that was held December 26. This award is only given to one person a year in New Jersey.
Lois has been volunteering for the Special Olympics for over 30 years in Hunterdon.
She was nominated for the award by fellow volunteers, her area director, Joyce Kirchin, and several athletes’ parents.   She has coached more sports than any other area coach and her background includes cross country skiing, Alpine skiing, bowling, cycling, and bocce. She also served as director of the area bowling program for more than 15 years.
Lois has served as the area treasurer for many years, been a member of the Area Executive Committee, assumed the position of awards director at the area track & field and aquatics meets, and coached and chaperoned at many state games.
As a coach, she has changed the lives of her athletes and their families. As a committee member and event volunteer, she helped to create the structure and execution of the Special Olympics program in Hunterdon County and as a fundraiser, she helped to support it.
At age 84, she is the epitome of what every Special Olympics volunteer and coach should be: knowledgeable, caring, giving, spirited and dedicated to the athletes in their charge.

We salute you, Lois, for dedicating so much of your time and efforts to your fellow Americans.
The 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games are coming to New Jersey and will be held from June 13-21. About 3,500 athletes will be participating.

Patriots, if you would like to volunteer, register an athlete, become a coach or a corporate sponsor, please contact Joyce Kirchin at 908-236-7807.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Liberty, The Greatest Of All Earthly blessings

Today's Patriotic Quote:
Liberty
“Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings -- give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing else! Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined”
Patrick Henry June 5, 1778

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy Patriotic New Year

Patriotic New Year
America Soars fearless and strong... 
Celebrating with you
the spirit of our great nation in 2012

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