Stars, Stripes and Pride

Reference: http://classiccinemaimages.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/olga-san-juan-noel-niell-nancy-porter-july4-1945.jpgWhen people anticipate the Fourth of July, they look forward to certain traditions.  Time off from work, firework displays, drinking with friends, spending time on the lakes…..essentially concerning themselves with elements that culminate into creating a memorable day.  However, few people take the time to realize the significance that this day brings to our lives.  It is a day to recognize the sacrifice that thousands have made to maintain our freedom as a country that was achieved on this day, so very many years ago.  Rather than thinking about all of the exciting and fun-filled activities ahead of us in the upcoming days, let’s take a moment to remember why this day is important.  Consider what is truly means to be a country that prizes freedom over all else.  Remember those who have fought and given their lives to preserve this country’s freedom.  Pride yourself on all the values that being an American truly embodies.  Don’t lose sight of the history and true meaning behind this monumental day.  To further this point, here is a wonderful poem I came across by Roger Robicheau titled, Americans in Strength.  Have a safe and wonderful Independence Day everyone!!!

Americans in Strength

Americans in strength unite
This union born in freedom’s light

United States, how sure we are
We’ll pull together, near and far

The world can see of what we’re made
Each state is of the highest grade

Determination, filled with pride
Our people’s will won’t be denied

Our founding fathers set to stay
The road we’ve traveled to this day

A quest for right cannot be wrong
With help from God, we will stay strong

Support our troops ranks number one
For the job they do is never done

When forced they put it on the line
True patriots, when called they shine

Let’s raise Old Glory with a cheer
And thank all soldiers, past and here.

Independence Day Among the Stars

Joan Crawford demonstrating grace and beauty as Lady Liberty.

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Another explosive image of Joan Crawford.

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Ann Miller marches to a very patriotic tune.

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Mae West is radiant as she embodies the power of Lady Liberty.

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Ginger Rogers is a true firecracker in this photograph.

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Jayne Mansfield looking picturesque atop Uncle Sam’s hat.

Reference:  http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6e440wDlw1qzbijso1_5Ava Gardner proudly waving the American Flag.

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Another of Ava Gardner who is about to let the sparks fly.

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Carole Lombard showing true patriotism at a war bond rally.

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James Cagney in a truly patriotic shot of Yankee Doodle Dandy.

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Claudette Colbert poses regally before the American Flag.

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 Ann Sheridan poses with pride in her stars and stripes.

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Susan Hayward and Virginia Dale strike a pose at the beach.

Reference:  http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lntrbwsrzi1qg007xo1_500.jpgHedy Lamarr takes the concept of stars to a whole new level.

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Anita Page shows what being a true firecracker truly means.

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