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!