July 4, 1776
Between the fields where the
flag is planted
there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all
the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown
by seed companies. It's a beautiful place close
to Vandenberg AFB. Checkout the dimensions
of the flag.
The 2002 Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions as described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter; Each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each for a total of more than 2 million flowers.
You can drive by this flag on V Street south
of Ocean Ave. in Lompoc, CA.
Aerial photo courtesy of Bill Morson Soldiers' Prayer
Courtesy of my
Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/03/04
Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/04/04
Emeline Melissa Harty
b. 14 Oct 2001
From Billy Turner ('65) of TX – 06/26/03:
The local paper asked me and the other Dallas area mayors to provide a short piece on what Independence Day means to me. The next day I e-mailed this to the reporter and she thought it was great. So often we do not take time to reflect on such things, much less to write it down so that it might be read by others. I readily admit that I became quite emotional thinking about my dad in this context. Hope you enjoy.
June 24, 2003
Independence Day, the Fourth of July, means different things to different people. Hot Dogs and hamburgers, lemonade, watermelon, home-made ice cream, family and friends flood my memory bank. I also remember Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes and massive fireworks displays, not to mention the patriotic music that still sends chills down my spine. The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and the Battle Hymn of the Republic will stick with me for evermore; but most of all I remember my father, that proud man who served his country well as a U. S. Marine. Seriously wounded at Iwo Jima, he came home to live the “American Dream.” He married, bought a home, had a son and worked hard all his life to provide for his family. He never talked about the war or his wounds, but I found out after he died in 1990 that he left a big part of himself on that hell hole in the South Pacific. What does Independence Day mean to me? It means freedom, liberty, sacrifice and service. Thank you dad and for others like you who paid with their blood so that we can live free, independent yet inter-dependent lives in the good old U.S.A.
Bill Turner - NNHS, Class of '65
Mayor, Ovilla, Texas
4th of July 1967
A Soldier’s Story
It was July
4th, 1967. John Howard (NNHS class of '66) was 19 years old,
and his platoon (101st Air borne Division) were out on patrol in Viet Nam.
They had not had baths in months.
They found themselves in a little open area in the jungle,
surrounded by hills with a riverbed that was dry but still had a stream.
The walls around the riverbed were about 7 ft. tall and about 20 or 30 ft. across.
In the middle there was a stream.
Not having had baths for months, it seemed safe enough to jump into the water, which was not very deep.
Instead of setting up a perimeter like they should have,
the men began to throw off the equipment and clothes and get into the water.
Not long after, they began receiving enemy fire, pinning them down in this small riverbed.
Humor prevailed even in a life threatening situation.
The sight of nude soldiers returning fire wearing only boots, steel "pots", a
nd ammo belts while trying to get clothes on at the same time was just too hilarious.
The hysterical image of a lot of bare rears in his face still makes John laugh.
They could not get out as they were pinned down and had to call in the Air Force
who dropped napalm on the enemy so the soldiers could clear out safely.
Miraculously, no one was injured.
It was the 4th of July and the napalm lit the sky up like fireworks.
The only thing missing were the hot dogs!
The humor seemed to outweigh the danger that day.
God was surely present...
- Cheryl Mays Howard (NNHS, Class of '66) of VA - 06/27/03
Thanks, Cheryl - and John!
The average age of
the Infantryman is 19 years.
(Let's not forget the young women who serve andprotect out country, too.)
(This selection courtesy of my
niece, Shari, of VA - 07/01/03
The Declaration of Independence
The 4th of July
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the
Declaration of Independence?
(This selection courtesy of Cheryl
Mays Howard of VA
*Have a picnic
*Go see a municipal fireworks display
Hi Carol - Enjoyed this. Thank you. And also for the fireworks over the Statue of Liberty.
A very important lady to me. My father brought me and 3 other siblings by himself from Belfast,
Northern Ireland to USA in 1946 for a better life - and I am forever grateful. We sailed in on
US Washington, passed the Statue of Liberty, and an uncle whom we had never met greeted us
at the New York Docks. What a sight we must have been - a 45 year old father carrying a wooden
suitcase which he made - and the four of us in tow. :) The uncle took us to his apartment in
Philadelphia for showers :) and then put us on a train for eastern shore. My Grandfather had
come to the USA in 1920 - and he lived In the Mariners' Museum Area - long before any of us
lived there. He greeted us at the ferry at the Chamberlin Hotel, took us to his lovely home to live
until we bought a small bungalow in Stuart Gardens.........that's where the Good Life began - and
all of the wonderful childhood friends and their parents were certainly instrumental in my "raising."
To this very day I am still very close to special friends such as Tzina Zwerdling ('58) , LaRhue Nettles
('58), Nancy Bigger ('56), Sandra Weaver ('56) - and Carolyn Todd ('58) and Mary Jo Edwards ('58) -
Maiden names. Interesting that my first real job was at Ft. Monroe directly across the street from
the Chamberlin.....and that special ferry .......and I met my present husband, Dick, at Ft. Monroe and
was married at the Chapel of the Centurion, at Fort Monroe. When I returned to Ireland for the first
time when I was 25 --- it totally changed my life. I could see where I would have been - and it made
me eternally grateful for this Wonderful USA ---- Happy 4th of July to you and your family!!!!!
Sincerely, Evelyn Fryer Fish
|- Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 07/04/04|
Evelyn, you totally blew me away with this one! I
had absolutely no idea!
Some of my own ancestors were also from Belfast, but they came over in 1752, long after the majority
of my forebears, who arrived anywhere from 1623 to 1741. Your story gave me shivers even before the
inevitable tears..... Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful remembrance with us, Evelyn,
and for reminding us of things which we should never forget or take for granted!
Thought you might like to see this link - it’s very good:
|- Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 07/08/04|
Beautiful images - nice message! Thanks, Thelma!
The Star Spangled Banner
- Francis Scott
Key, September 20, 1814
Oh, say can
you see, by the dawn's early light,
"The Star Spangled Banner" lyrics courtesy of http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/ssb.html - 06/22/04
"The Star Spangled Banner" midi courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~Son_Struck/pmm.html - 06/22/04
Animated "4th of July" Title clip
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