A flag to consider…

…when remembering that today, the 4th of July, marks the anniversary of a stunning change in history. Hear these words:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of NatureĀ and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Original “Navy Jack” flag.

Words to consider… words to live by… and a standard under which to face the enemies of freedom be they where they may.

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A Flag

Here is the original “Navy Jack,” that is the flag flown aboard ships of the US Navy even before there was, officially, a United States of America.

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Some people confuse this flag with the Gadsden Flag, which is the yellow one bearing the coiled rattlesnake and the same motto. The rattlesnake was a popular symbol leading up to the American Revolution. Nonetheless, the Navy Jack was instituted by Commodore Esek Hopkins who was assembling the first ships of the Continental Navy in Philadelphia, on the Delaware River. He gave instructions for the design of the flag and it soon appeared on those vessels.

In the present day, I find this flag an enduring symbol of the times to come.

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Grand Central

Yes, below is a photograph of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. This is the one Cornelius Vanderbuilt plunked down for all to admire. It is a handsome structure, one used by literally millions of people every week.

Grand Central straddles Park Avenue. A taxi traveling north or south must go around the building. Just a few blocks north is the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. To the south is more of Manhattan. The trains coming and going from Grand Central connect the city not only to the suburbs, but to the world. Let’s go inside.

This is the main hall which now features a couple of good restaurants from which you can have a nice meal and watch all the people. Naturally on the next level down is a massive news stand, a bookstore, as well as several other shops. On the lowest level, where passengers actually board trains, there is a food court with seating, sanitary facilities, and a few other things like shoe-shines stands and such.

Back up at street level you will find this market on the east side of the building.

It is hard to walk through here without getting hungry. There is a butcher, a fish monger, several bakeries, Murray’s Cheese shop, fruit stands, flower seller, a few prepared food vendors, and a deli counter. And it smells great in there, a true culinary delight, with the most difficult part being the decision on what to have for dinner.

Grand Central is one of the crown jewels of New York City. If you plan to visit, put a stop here on your itinerary. Not only is it a magnificent building, it is also a way to experience the vibrancy of the city. The people here are on the move. They have places to be and things to do. Their energy is contagious. And if for no other reason, it’s a great place to have a snack or an ICE COLD Coca-Cola. Enjoy it and all that New York has to offer.

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A Flag

Where I come from…

… this says it all.

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