"Oh, say, can you see,............................................."

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine


Oh, say, can you see anyone flying their American Flag this July 4th?

In our new neighborhood, on our street, I can count one other American Flag flying today besides ours, and no others in sight. Sad.

We plan to begin attending our homeowner's association meetings starting with the next one and you can bet this is a topic I intend to bring up.

231 years ago on this day 56 American patriots signed the Declararation of Independence officially breaking their ties with England and formed the United States of America.

In signing the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, these 56 brave men pledged "to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

Pretty heady stuff pledging your life, your fortunes, and your honor for something you believe in.

Here's what happened to some of the signers: "Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary War, another had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-six fought and died from wounds or the hardships of the Revolutionary War."

Tortured, killed, sons killed, homes burned, and died from wounds suffered in the war. Wow, that's is an impressive committment to one's ideas.

Our Nation's Flag is the representative of those ideas and of those 56 brave men.

You can buy an American Flag most anywhere with a staff for about $15-20.00 bucks. A good resolution to make for next Fourth of July, if you're not flying your flag this one, is to buy a flag kit and fly it proudly.

If 56 brave men were willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to begin our great nation, it seems the least we can do.


Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

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Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
Jim, it's unfortunate that it takes an event like 9/11 to bring out our flags and patriotism.  Thanks for a good post.  Happy Fourth!
Jul 04, 2007 03:52 AM #1
Jeff Belonger
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The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Jim... this is some awesome stuff that I never really knew about until just the other day. Thanks for sharing this. In regards to flying the flags, I wish more people would read what you wrote. Maybe they would get a better understanding on how lucky they are.

One thing that irks the hell out of me. I know this is a free country per se, that we have freedom of speach. But those that burn the Flag, especially here in the United States,...sorry, but should be shoot. I am so dead serious about this. They just have no idea on how many lost their lives throughtout the years, that kept their ancestors safe, to keep them safe, their families safe, and their families families. Thanks for this post.

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Jul 04, 2007 08:07 AM #2
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

It is unfortunate Brian; it seem teaching American History is a lost subject in many of our schools.

Jeff, we have lots of freedoms in this country; to me the most important ones are the freedom to try most anything you want to and the freedom to fail and then to try again.

Freedom is a hallmark of America; Americans have been giving their lives since 1776 and beyond to keep her that way.

Jul 04, 2007 08:49 AM #3
Patrick Harfst
Realty Executives - Phoenix AZ - Gilbert, AZ


One flag out on my cul de sac... mine. Guess I'm the only veteran. Or the only one who knows what this day is all about. Wish I had a better feeling for what lies ahead in this country, but I fear some dark days, and we need to teach the kids what a good thing they've got, before it is too late.

Jul 04, 2007 01:00 PM #4
Ron Hackett
Coldwell Banker Heart of the Hills - Kerrville, TX
Hi Jim just a thought. Our company Coldwell Banker in kerrville, Texas put up thousands of flags on the evening of July 3rd. last night I put out 50 in my neighborhood and everyone thanks me. Sometimes we get a call saying stop soliciting because we put our business cards in the stick. We are proud and thankful
Jul 04, 2007 01:08 PM #5
Sondra Sheckler Realtor,ABR,SRES,Historic Home Specialst
Coldwell Banker, Award Of Excellence & Million $$ Producer - Knoxville, TN
Jim, it is a sad thing that is for sure.  Children are not taught what July 4th means, they think it is a day of "fun" and do not know the history behind this day becoming a National Holiday, I wonder if some adults aren't aware of the "reason" they have a day off from work themselves.  It is just like Christmas, children feel as though it is all about them and while I will admit that I enjoy watching my children's eyes light up on Christmas morning, I am saddened and have become aware over the years when they are disappointed because they didnt' get exactly what they wanted.  Those moments made me clearly aware of the fact, at that time in their lives, at that particular moment in our lives, that I had failed at teaching them what Christmas really was about and to their shock, it wasn't all about them.  Folks have to stop and teach the reason for the celebrations and holidays, they are doing such a disservice to their family, friends, children etc., by  not recognizing what the day is really about.  Great post!! 
Jul 05, 2007 11:49 PM #6
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