Thank you Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho for asking me to be your second fiddler aka assistant host to this wonderful Challenge. There are so many Active Rain Members who wrote some truly awesome posts. They know who they are and not wanting to forget anyone and make them feel slighted I will not mention anyone. Thank you for your wonderful contributions. I truly appreciated and loved them.
As a legal alien who came to this country, (thanks to my father writing to President Johnson to let us in), I am here because of it and grateful for it. My father was the proudest American you could meet. He loved this country and was proud to fly Old Glory in front of his house every day.
I was at West Point as a Cadet when he told me that the only thing missing was a flag and otherwise he had the perfect American dream home. I went out and bought a Flagpole and a flag, similar to those you see in front of Government Buildings. My father and I planted the pole together, with lots of love and heavy labor. Proudly, he would raise the flag every morning and lower it at dusk. I kept searching for old photos but could not find any. Then I was looking through my mother’s sketch book where lots of great drawings existed. Long and behold I found this sketch of 90 Haddad Rd, Waterbury, CT.
Unlike at my dad’s house we do not have a flagpole, but we have an oversized flag flying 24/7. Diane knows that when it gets to dusk the lights have to be turned on. Most of the time I am cooking when this happens, and I take a break to make sure Old Glory gets what she deserves.
Hence this proud Legal Alien wants to thank every patriotic Active Rain Member who participated in this challenge. As to those who did not due to various reasons, may it be a dislike for my outspoken ways, shame on them. It was not about me; it was about 'Old Glory'. As far as I am concerned this was truly one of the best Active Rain Challenges to participate in and show your patriotism.
Thank you again Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho for inviting me, I learned so much from these many wonderful posts. I wish my father was alive to read them all, so with that said I am sure he is looking down and smiling.
Wishing all who read this post a Happy Fourth of July and keep Old Glory flying with the respect she deserves.