Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Blue Monday




Celebrate Presidents' Day by flying the Red, White, and Blue


Washington's Birthday is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. It originally honored the life and work of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Now, other presidents are also honored on this day, which is why it is often known as Presidents' Day.


The first flag had 13 stars


Although legend has it that Betsy Ross sewed the first flag from a design by George Washington, this has not been substantiated. The first documented U.S. flag was a the staggered star pattern. A strong case for the designer of the first flag is Francis Hopkinson. A delegate from New Jersey to the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He submitted a bill to Congress for "currency designs, design for the great seal of the U.S., a treasury seal, a design for the flag ..."

Today's flag has 50 stars - one star for each state in the union.



Red, White and Blue "The flag is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. For most Americans, their sentiments about the flag are not something they can easily define. To most of us, they are as individual as personality, as private as a family matter and almost as personal as religion." -- President Woodrow Wilson, 1917





Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ hosts Blue Monday. Blue Monday posts grow each week. Now when I think of Monday it's with a smile on my face as I anxiously look forward to seeing so many beautiful shades of blue. Thanks Sally!

47 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wonderful post, Sweetie!

Happy President's Day and Happy Blue Monday...

XO,

Sheila... proud member of the USDAR! :-)

Cass said...

Thank you so much for this post, so appropriate for President's Day! Terrific!!
Cass

TheWritersPorch said...

Happy Blue Monday Sweetie? How are you? Don't forget to get your name in the pot at the Porch!
xoxo
Carol

prof en retraite said...

Hi Sweetie...What a wonderful post! I love that song...makes me cry every time! I especially love our flag and our country because of having spent a year living abroad! Really makes you proud to be American!! Have a great week...Debbie

Susan said...

Great post! Happy President's Day and Blue Monday

Susan

Olive Rue said...

I really enjoyed looking all your photos for Blue Monday. I hope you have a great week!

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you Sweetie!
This post is absolutely wonderful.

I really appreciate your kind words on our Blue master bedroom as well.

Happy Blue Monday dear friend.
~Melissa :)

CC said...

I loved the post you did. Happy Presidents Day and Happy Blue Monday.

Jeni said...

Well, if you're gonna toss a bit of color in with the blue, I'd say red and white are definitely the best choices and especially so for today! Happy President's Day, Kid!
Peace.

Chris said...

Absolutely wonderful to make your post of our American Flag. Gave me chills. Thank You.

Hugs,
Chris

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous post, Sweetie!

Carlotta said...

Happy President's Day and Blue Monday Sweetie!! A fitting post for today.

Sherri S said...

Neat post! Happy Presidents Day.

Smilingsal said...

What a good idea to combine Blue Monday with President's Day. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

bj said...

A wonderful post, Sweet Sweetie...
I just love flags...especially our U.S. and my Texas flags!
I, too, am a proud member of the DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION...
hugs, bj

bj said...

A great Blue Monday and Pres. Day post, Sweetie...
hugs, bj

splummer said...

Hi!
Awesome post on the President's Day! Who wouldn't like your Blue! Have a great day!!

Sherrie

Mojo said...

Nicely done. Happy Blue Monday!

ellen b. said...

Hi Sweetie!
What a wonderful post for President's day. Hope your day is going well. Blessings...

JudyBug said...

Hi Sweetie, I just love your post today. Nothing stirs my heart (other than God) as the Red, White and Blue!

squawmama said...

Hi Sweetie... What a touching post today... The US Flag always makes me feel special to be part of such a great country... I get all teary eyes whenever I hear those patriotic songs... Thanks for such a wonderful post

(((HUGS)))
Donna

xinex said...

Thanks for the history! Makes me proud of our country...Christine

onlymehere said...

I loved this post and so fitting for President's Day! I learned some new things too.

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing this, God Bless USA!By the way Sweetie your daughter Michele looks so much like you.Just noticed her pic with the other girls.

imjacobsmom said...

Happy Presidents Day, Sweetie! I'm glad to have the day off! Woudn't it have been fun to be on the ground floor of all those flag design and currency decisions? ~ Robyn

Nancy said...

I love our flag and all that it stands for and that song is just the best. I have it as a ringer on my cell phone. I bought the video of Lee Greenwood singing it when it first came out. Great entry. Have a good day today.
Love Nancy

jeanne said...

Sweetie, your celebration post for President's Day is awesome. I too love America and I am very proud that I am an American. But I confess, I forgot it was President's Day today. Shame on me. I am in a cocoon since surgery. Under the covers waiting until I feel human again. I am getting closer. One more week before I can do anything except therapy at home. All is better but healing takes time. I guess we could say that about life too.

Thank you for sharing this lovely post with us today.

Hugs...Jeanne

White Iris Designs said...

What a special day! That is the perfect post in honor of our Presidents!

♥ Kathy said...

Happy Blue Monday & President's Day Sweetie! Great post :)

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I really enjoyed your post.

Hope you have a good Monday ☺

Rafter's-n-Henderson said...

This post was sweet. Thank you for sharing. I added myself to your list of followers. I love how big your family is and how much love shows through your pictures. Jaime

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a wonderful celebration for President's Day!! Thanks for the visit to see the Fenton shoe and other things.. lol.. I always love when you pop in.. Happy Blue Monday!!
hugs ~lynne~

Debra said...

This post made me feel so patriotic! Thank you! Happy Blue Monday!!

Blessings to you today!

Sandi McBride said...

This was a great post! I always complain that our two February Presidents get short shrift...it annoys me no end...why do they have to share one day? Thanks for the history lesson...I'm sending this to Arianna to read...it's very effective!
Sandi

Mama said...

Beautiful post today Sweetie, Happy Presidents Day and Happy Blue Monday. I have a wonderful book entitled The Timechart of Presidents & First Ladies, I am not perfect on my American history yet but I am enjoying learning so much. Have a wonderful week, Kathy.

Judi said...

Hi Sweetie
This is a lovely post. Happy President's Day to you.
You wrote such beautiful thoughts for your grand country....beautiful...Thank you for sharing.
Judi

Blondie's Journal said...

Sweetie,

Wonderful post for Blue Monday! I hope I don't sound unpatriotic but I didn't know what each color of the flag stood for! Oh my!! I must have been living under a rock! Thanks for sharing & thanks visiting my blog!!

xoxo
Jane

Judy said...

Great post and so timely and appropriate. Happy President's Day to you. I enjoyed this very much.

LADY JANES' EMPORIUM said...

Wonderful post! Long may they wave!

Lorrie said...

This is a great, patriotic Blue Monday post Sweetie. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Dawn said...

What a perfect post for today!!! I love learning about the American Flag. It seems that every year when I teach my class about the flag on Flag Day there is something else to discover.

Happy Blue Monday!

take care,
Dawn

Tink *~*~* said...

Thank you so much for the flag lesson! I think I learned a lot of that in grammar school, but it's been a long time. Really enjoyed your post.


Tink *~*~*
NEW at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* : EPCOT at Walt Disney World - blue, yellow, CANDY!

Sheila T said...

This is a great post! Love it for President's Day.

playsdolls said...

great post for todays Blue Monday and Presidents Day.

Leora said...

Thanks for the patriotic post on President's Day.

bj said...

Hi, Sweetie, thanks so much for stopping by my post today. I am sure there's some folks out there that agree with Ashley Judd and I may be open for some harsh comment or two but, it is how I feel. I have only received a couple of negative comments in the almost 3 years of blogging...all when I posted something such as todays post. that's ok...I know we all have different views of things..
There's just some things I feel very strongly about and abortion heads the list !!
hugs, bj

Betty said...

What a nice post and lovely pictures as a tribute to President's Day. Hope your day was nice.