Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy 237th Birthday!

On June 14, 1775 the Continental Army was created by the Continental Congress as a unified army that would allow the colonies to fight Great Britain, shortly thereafter George Washington was appointed as its commander.
And today, June 14, 2012,  we wish the Army a Happy 237th Birthday!
On June 14, 1777 the Second Continental Congress adopted our flag to represent the young nation so, on this day we also recognize Flag Day.
We displayed Old Glory and had a little party.
Bishop developed a red, white and blue menu. 

The menu included Maceo's latest creation - buffaloed burgers.
We figured that the buffalo sauce could be considered red, the blue cheese might be considered white and blue.  Of course, the buns could be considered white as well.
We also served homemade salsa alongside blue and white corn tortilla chips.

And, for dessert, Bishop made camouflaged pretzels and flag cupcakes.
Yum, yum and yum!

Fittingly, Bishop and I had the opportunity to go to a traveling exhibit provided by the 
National World War I Museum out of Kansas City.  We learned that the wristwatch became popular in the United States after World War I. Prior to this war most American men utilized pocket watches; however, during the war British officers encouraged American officers to make the switch so that they wouldn't lose any time checking their watches when their missions required synchronization.
We also learned that America did not enter the war as an allied power but as an associated power because we wanted to maintain autonomy from the European nations.

On November 11, 1918, "at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month," the war ended.  I love the hope and optimism of the sign, 'May it be peace forever. USA.'
If only it could be so
Until that day, I am so grateful for the United States Armed Services and its devotion to the protection of my beloved nation.
Once again, Happy 237th Birthday U.S. Army!!!

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