Happy Birthday, USA!

I took this picture at my local mall.  I went out searching for an American flag to photograph in honor of America’s birthday tomorrow.  I was at first taken aback by the fact that it was flying at half mast.  I quickly realized that it was because the state of North Carolina lost one of its favorite sons this morning.  Andy Griffith, Andy of Mayberry, comedian, actor, singer, political activist, and all-around good guy, died this morning at the age of 86.  As we celebrate our nation’s birthday this year, we will celebrate at the same time the life of Andy Griffith.  May he rest in peace.

My favorite patriotic song is “America the Beautiful.”  This is Ray Charles’s version.  It’s awesome.  There’s also a very nice slide show with it.  Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, USA!

  1. Hi sweet S. It’s good to hear from you. Thanks for the two links. You’re right, they’re quite good.
    BTW, we have many who get drunk here, too. So far, though, I haven’t seen anyone
    wearing just a flag yet, but I’ve seen a few who need to wear more than they have on. 🙂 Who am I to say, though, our temperatures have been dangerously high for the past couple of weeks. Can’t say I blame them for wearing as little as possible.

    I hope you’re doing well. I think of you often.


  2. Hey BOMO,

    I was surprised to hear that Andy Griffith passed away yesterday. Sadly, I thought he was already gone – his show was so long ago. (Actually, C. and I watched repeats of the Andy Griffith’s Show a few weeks back.)
    This was a wonderful tribute to America. Here are two other’s I have read today that you may enjoy as well : http://athingirl.com/2012/07/04/what-so-proudly-we-hail/ http://rainey46.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/be-a-good-person-america/

    I find it really interesting that the Forth of July is such a huge celebration in America. Here in Canada we use Canada day as an excuse to get drunk publicly, wear nothing but a Canadian flag and watch fireworks. I don’t think we have the same national pride and while there are many things I am grateful I live in Canada for, national pride is something I envy in you folks below the border.
    Best and tons of love!
    xo – S.


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