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July 1, 2007

Newsletter 7-01-07

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 6:58 pm

“On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the “land of the free and the home of the brave” so they can begin their American Dream.
The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Through the Internet we are learning about and communicating with people of different nations, with different languages and different races throughout the world. Bringing the world closer with understanding and knowledge can only benefit all nations.
We invite all nations to celebrate with Americans online this Fourth of July. “
Happy Birthday, America!
http://www.usacitylink.com/usa/

Links to 4th of July celebration around the US and the Internet.
http://www.mpls4thofjuly.com – Minneapolis Riverfront District
http://www.nc4thofjuly.com/ – North Carolina
http://www.yakima4thofjuly.org/ – the State of Washington

What do Ann Landers, Neil Simon, Gina Lollobrigida, Calvin Coolidge, and Louis B. Mayer have in common? Apart from being recognizable figures in American popular culture and history, they share a birthday with our country: all were born on the Fourth of July.
Despite their patriotic birthdays, some of these folks weren’t even born in the United States. Gina Lollobrigida was born in Subiaco, Italy, and made several Italian films before launching her career as a star in American movies in the 1950s.
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/july4th.html

We can’t have a great national holiday without great food. So check out this site for some traditional and other great summer picnic food.
Do you know where the word picnic come from? The answer is at this site too.
http://whatscookingamerica.net/Holidays/4thJuly.htm

For your very own web based 4th of July fireworks celebration on the web. This site has a nice JavaScript fireworks display you can copy for your own web site of personal viewing.
http://rainbow.arch.scriptmania.com/scripts/4thjuly_fireworks.html

This tribute to the 4th of July would not be complete if we did not feature the nation’s capital.
Constitution Avenue and the Monuments in Washington D.C. form the setting for this National Parade. Find out more about this wonderful event. Nowhere is there greater excitement on America’s birthday than in the nation’s capital.

http://www.july4thparade.com/

James Heintze of American University wrote a book and compiled a huge database of 4th of July facts and other interesting stuff. This database was begun in 1995 by James Heintze, Librarian at American University, Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to bring together in one source selected examples of Fourth of July celebrations that have occurred throughout our nation’s history from 1776 to the present. The goal is to capture a slice of the American cultural tradition–its pageantry, spectacle, music, and symbol in order to enhance our understanding of the American character and heritage.
The range of observances is broad and include unique, unusual, and little-known events. The selections represent both major cities and small rural towns throughout the United States, as well as some foreign countries, and are arranged by year and alphabetically by location. Entries include outlandish and unusual pyrotechnic displays, parades and processions, speeches, battle enactments, musical events, information on rabble-rousing, gun-toting crowds and protesters, balls, artillery salutes, mishaps and accidents, and expressions by ethnic groups. Currently the database includes hundreds of different celebrations, and its content is continually under development. Examples of what readers may expect to find include one of the last parades of War of 1812 veterans and the staged battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac in New York (1862), a grand explosion on top of Pike’s Peak (1901), the reunion of Confederate soldiers in Chattanooga (1890), the mock atomic bomb explosion before a crowd of 25,000 in Baltimore (1951), and the Oklahoma City Fourth that included the raising of the American flag back to full-staff after the bombing of the Federal Building earlier that year (1995). Citations are taken from primary sources, such as newspapers, and other reliable resources.
http://www.american.edu/heintze/fourth.htm

“TVWorldwide.com, Inc., a fast-growing web-based global TV network and streaming video service provider, in cooperation with the National Park Service, will webcast the Washington, D.C., 4th of July Fireworks Celebration live for American civilian and military personnel stationed overseas.
The broadcast begins at 7:45 PM (EDT) on Thursday, July 4, with a pre-event show, and is being produced in cooperation with the National Park Service and sponsored by Base Technologies, Inc. and SOZA & Company, Ltd.
People around the world can tune to www.tvworldwide.com to view our nation’s brilliant fireworks display firsthand. The interactive webcast will also honor fallen son, U.S. Army Captain Rocky Versace captured by the Viet Cong in 1963 and executed in 1965. On July 6, the Alexandria, Virginia, Vietnam Memorial is being dedicated to Captain Versace and at a White House ceremony July 8, President Bush will award Versace, posthumously, the Congressional Medal of Honor.”
http://www.tvworldwide.com/event_020704.cfm

“Living The American Dream”
On July 4, 2007, the Department of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a giant U.S. Citizenship Ceremony at the Magic Kingdom at WALT DISNEY WORLD.
Over 1,000 immigrants, from over 50 countries, will be sworn in as American Citizens on Main Street USA .
The ceremony will include all the key elements of a traditional citizenship ceremony including the formal Presentation of the Colors, the National Anthem performed by Gloria Estefan, Oath of Allegiance and Pledge of Allegiance. The program will conclude with LEE GREENWOOD singing “God Bless the USA’.
The program is expected to commence at 8:00 am Eastern Daylight Savings Time and televised. around the world by all the major news media.
When asked about the event, Lee’s response was “I feel honored and privileged to be part of this event because these immigrants obeyed our laws and played by the rules to meet the requirements for citizenship”.

Just in case you forget the lyrics of the Lee Greenwood song:

If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I’d thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.
And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.
From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,
From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
Well, there’s pride in every American heart,
and it’s time to stand and say:
I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.SA.

God Bless The U.S.A. Words and Music by Lee Greenwood
© Copyright 1984 by MUSIC CORPORATION OF AMERICA, INC. & SONGS OF POLYGRAM INTERNATIONAL, INC.
All Rights Controlled and Administered by MUSIC CORPORATION OF AMERICA, INC.

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