In 1931, AugustePiccard and Charles Knipfer flew a balloon from Augsburg,Germany, to a glacier near Innsbruck, Austria. Reaching a height of 51,793 feet during their 17-hour flight, they were the first humans to reach the stratosphere. What freedom do you think they felt in accomplishing this task?
In overcoming obstacles and doubts and ridicule from friends or family in their quest to get to where they wanted in their goals, they obtained freedom….freedom from fear…they tried, and tried again and in the end found a place beyond their expectations….
Happy Stratospheric day! …and… think on this:
“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom isfreedom from fear.”
— Aung San Suu Kyi
Today, besides being celebrated as Independence Day
(Happy 4th!) in the US, is the birthday of the Erie Canal?
The Erie Canal was the first major human-made waterway in
the United States. It opened the western frontier by providing
a waterway between the Hudson River and Lake Erie. Work began
on the canal on July 4th, 1817.
That is intersting, but what about our history of the American flag? Why red, white and blue? Ever wonder?
While Americans recognize and celebrate collective achievements such as the writing of the Declaration of Independence, victory in the Revolutionary War, or the landing of a man on the Moon — it is individual accomplishment that is cherished the most. The “stars” of the aforementioned events — Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Neil Armstrong — outshine the collective constellation. One person’s contribution can define the course and meaning of history.
When we view the flag, we think of liberty, freedom, pride, and Betsy Ross. The American flag flies on the moon, sits atop Mount Everest, is hurtling out in space. The flag is how America signs her name.
June 14, 1777, congress declares the flag should have thirteen white stars in a blue background and thirteen alternate red and white stripes. The red means hardiness and valor. White signifies purity and innocence. The white stripes also indicate secession from England’s monarchist rule. Blue is the color of the Chief and represents freedom and justice. The star symbolizes heaven and the goal all our forefathers strived for.
Happy 4Th of July!!!!
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from
extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the
bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on
for them to do the same.”
— Ronald Reagan