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In case you haven't been to Post 24 in awhile, it is staying pretty busy, especially being we are not in the 'high season'.   Monday night dinners are very popular, check in for the choices available.  For instance, a couple of weeks ago Chef Jim'ee went on a deep sea fishing trip and snagged a few swordfish.  He and his staff planned, prepared and served a delicious swordfish steak dinner.  It was wonderful..!  I am hoping he goes on another fishing trip soon. 

The Friday night dinners are still very popular with choices of baked or fried fish, pork chop, steak or crab cakes, with a choice of baked potato, french fries or scalloped potatoes with mixed vegetables and a roll.  It is always delicious.

Yes, summer time can sometime seem like that slow time of year, but we are always open to the public.  Our world famous horseshoe bar opens at 1100hrs. daily.  Lunch is served during the week from 1100hrs. to 1400hrs. with a full menu.   Yes, we have ways to entertain oneself, such as large pool table, dart board and quite a few new machines.

So, stop by and see what you've been missing at POST 24.





                                                                                  INDEPENDENCE  DAY   

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed. 

In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third president in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.


The history of FLAG DAY

On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.

On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

Inspired by these decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916.

While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.


The history of MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day began back in 1868 when Major General John Logan had an idea.  He wanted to pay homage to all those who had fought and died during the Civil War.  He decided to dedicate a date for our nation to pay its respects to those individuals.   Gen. Logan chose May 30th as the date because nearly all flowers are in bloom during the last half of May,--and no battle had been won, lost, or celebrated on that particular date.  He designated the date as DECORATION DAY.

By 1890 DECORATION DAY was a date set aside to honor all those who have died while serving our country throughout all the wars.  It later became known as MEMORIAL DAY and was moved to the last Monday of May by an act of congress in 1971.


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