April 3rd Find A Rainbow Day

Today you are supposed to find a rainbow. If it doesn’t rain, good luck. However don’t give up. Rainbows can appear in the strangest places at the oddest times. It does require some sort of liquid, water works best, and the atmospheric conditions allow light to reflect off that droplet of liquid. Now if you remember Roy G. Biv, a great scientist even if made up, you’ll get the colors of the rainbow in order. Starting with red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. April was picked because April showers bring May flowers and hence, it’s supposed to rain in April, like a lot!

How to celebrate – Start looking for your rainbow early. Look for other sorts of rainbows besides those you see in the sky. Watch the Muppets.

January 2nd Run Up The Flagpole And See If Anyone Salutes Day

You ready to surrender? That’s what a white flag means, or that you want to talk, or that you just finished your laundry. The general idea of today is to find out if any of your ideas have a chance of working.

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If you think about it, flags are used to champion an idea and if someone salutes it, beside yourself, then it means they believe basically the same as you. In history a flag has always meant something. To carry the flag in battle was considered a place of honor. (Also the best chance of getting shot since flags are generally not camouflaged.)

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Of course there will be those who chose not to follow the flag you have raised and that’s okay. There are a lot of reasons someone may not support your idea. Maybe it’s a bad idea, maybe it’s a dangerous idea or maybe they are still drunk from New Years Eve, after-all it was just two days ago.

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Flags are important to people. They give us something to believe in even when we believe in nothing. We identify with flags symbolizing our country, our state, our community and our beliefs. So put your belief up on the flag pole and see if anyone salutes it. If they do, you know you are not alone, if thy don’t… then maybe you need to rethink what you are doing.

How to celebrate – Design your own flag. Let others know what you are thinking. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, you might be surprised who you find out there with you.

June 14th Flag Day

It has become popular not to honor the American Flag anymore. I don’t know when that started and I have no idea when it will end but I know it’s wrong.  The flag represents everything good about America, not the bad, but I guess it’s all about how you look at life. If you can’t be proud of yourself, you can’t be proud of a flag.

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Yet, it seems to be okay for other countries to honor their flags. Just not us. Maybe if one saw it tattered and filled with bullet holes they might consider it a little more. It represents a people, a nation and all the ideals ever created for it and those that live under it.

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There are certain rules for handling the flag. It is to be flown from sunrise to sunset, never at night without a light on it. You raise it quickly in the morning and lower it slowly at dusk. You do not let it fly in rain or any bad weather and should be flown at half-staff when you, or the country, are in mourning. Half-staff remains for 30 days, no more, no less. The flag should never touch the ground and you fly no flag over your countries flag. And when it gets too tattered and worn to fly anymore it should be buried or burned, don’t just wad it up and throw it away.

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It’s not the cloth itself, nor the pretty colors, it is the symbol of what it stands for. Of course, there are those who stand for nothing and believe in nothing. Those millionaires who kneel when all those who ensure their expense accounts are met are standing. And when they say it’s not the flag they are against, it’s the government or elected officials, the past and their own personal observations, they are just telling you about themselves. That they are more important than anyone, or anything around them.

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So I say, grow up… the reason no one cares about your woes is because you don’t really care about theirs. A flag represents a nation. Can that nation be better? Yes! But nothing ever gets better by tearing it down first.

How to celebrate- Learn what a flag is all about. Fly a flag today. (An American flag, not a Disney World flag, not  rainbow flag, not a football flag.) If you want your views to be  taken seriously, take the views of others in to consideration as well.