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Fox News’ most-watched program host, Tucker Carlson, took after two US Senators for advocating the abolition of Columbus Day in favor of Juneteenth – or more accurate, June 19th, 1865, when the last slaves in Texas were informed that they were free – the end of slavery, as it were, at least confederate slavery (it […]

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June 14 is both Flag Day and the Army Birthday. 245 years ago, the Army was first authorized by the Continental Congress. See “Celebrating the Flag and the Army” for the details. This year, President Trump issued the annual proclamation and presided over the U.S. Military Academy graduation and commissioning ceremony this Saturday.

President Trump has made a point of presiding over a different service academy’s graduation and commissioning each year. On each prior occasion, he took the time to stand and shake each new officer’s hand as they crossed the podium. No other president has done this, to my knowledge. Unfortunately, the political theater of COVID-19 prevented President Trump looking each of the newest Army officers in the eyes and shaking their hand. He made the best of the limiting circumstances:*

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Flag Day: A Timely Observance

 

Flag Day is an annual federal holiday, established by Congress. All presidents issue an annual proclamation. It just happens that this year members of our cultural, corporate, and ruling elites no longer affirm this symbol’s positive or unifying meaning. Yet, a review of President Obama’s 2012 proclamation is remarkably similar in tone and substance to President Trump’s 2020 proclamation. This has long represented a nonpartisan consensus, reflected in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s flag protest assessment: “dumb and disrespectful.”

Consider two iterations, first from President Trump and then from President Obama (emphasis added to highlight common language and themes).

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The second Saturday of May is a minor federal holiday, Armed Forces Day. This holiday honored all the armed services: Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and now Space Force. The armed forces are both active component and reserve, with the nation’s reserves being divided into the National Guard (usually under governors’ control) […]

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Labor Day, in the USA, is a creation and celebration of the American worker. It stands in stark, deliberate contrast to May Day, the international “workers” day, the center of the communist calendar. I have, once again, hung out an American colors bunting, with white stars in the blue band. The first Labor Day celebration […]

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We are between Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. The first is a minor holiday intended to honor those serving in our military. The second is a major federal holiday and is intended to commemorate our honored war dead. A recent conversation with a younger veteran led to talk of his grandfathers’ service in World War II, and that in turn led to a broader reflection on a seldom remembered or only partially understood group of Americans in the two world wars.

The younger veteran’s Hopi grandfather was a tank mechanic. His Navaho grandfather was a code talker in the Marine Corps. As we talked, I mentioned recently learning of the original WWI code talkers, a small team of Choctaw Indians in the American Expeditionary Forces. The Native American veteran replied that there were Hopi and other tribes also used as code talkers in WWII. It is just that the Navajos were the largest group and became the center of historical attention.

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castanzaToday is Christmas Eve eve, which means it’s time to enjoy Frank Costanza’s Festivus, an annual tradition when we participate in the “Airing of Grievances.” This is a special day to skewer those deserving of our ire.

Many folks are on my list, from politicians, journalists and celebrities to my neighbor upwind of me who partakes in the “herb.”

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