Heart of America Council
The Webelos leader should plan carefully so that boys get a feeling for the real meaning of citizenship without spending a lot of time in study. There are various ways to do this. You might give them the opportunity to get a close look at government by planning a field trip to a local government agency or court. One of the best ways to stress the meaning of good citizenship is by practicing the good turn. This should be a "must" for every boy. Working on this badge can be exciting, fun and informative, or it can be just more reports to write.
Information Every Citizen Should
Who Succeeds the President? Everyone knows that in
the case of the death of the President, the vice-president would
take over the presidency. However, what happens if the
vice-president also dies?
Have seven cards with one of each of the following
letters, C-I-T-I-Z-E-N printed on them with the message for each
letter on the back of the card.
Don Bohnwagner a scouter sent this to me. This is an excellent history of our American Flag.
Slowly, as a result of wars and
purchases, the United Kingdom became the ruler of what was to become
the thirteen colonies The British Red Ensign was the flag that flew
over the colonies in the New World from 1634 to the start of the War
for Independence in 1775. The Red Ensign was a red flag with the
Crosses of St. Andrew and George on a blue ensign.
"The United Colonies of America"
After fighting the early months of the war under flag of communities, militia group, and individuals, George Washington proposed that we have a flag of our own. He suggested that we overlay six white stripes on the red of the Red Ensign. It became the Flag of the "United Colonies of America". It was carried on the Flagship "Alfred" by Lt. John Paul Jones on December 3, 1775. And was hoisted at the encampment on Prospect Hill in Cambridge Massachusetts on January 2, 1776 when General George Washington took command of the Continental army.
"Stars and Stripes"
This 13-Star Flag became the Official Flag of The United States on June 14, 1777 as the result of congressional action that took place on that date. The Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia decided that the new nation should have a distinctive flag. It resolved "That the flag of the thirteen United States be 13 stripes, alternately red and white -- That the union be 13 stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation." Francis Hopkinson was a delegate from New Jersey to the Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a member of the Maritime Committee. It was one of the Maritime Committee’s assignment to recommend designs for a new flag for the United States of America. After the war, Mr. Hopkinson submitted a bill to Congress for the designs of currency, the Great Seal of the United States, a treasury seal, and for a flag. His flag design had thirteen alternating red and white stripes and a blue field containing thirteen white stars in the same configuration of the Rhode Island Flag (3-2-3-2-3). Many vexillologists believe Mr. Hopkinson’s flag was the First Official Flag of the United States of America. Because of its colors and stars and stripes, it was known as "The Red, White, and Blue" and "The Stars and Strips".
"The Star Spangled Banner"
On January 13, 1794, the thirteen stars and stripe flag was replaced with a flag of fifteen stars and stripes. The two additional stars and stripes were added to represent the new states of Vermont and Kentucky. It was this flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the British bombardment on September 13th and 14th in 1814. It inspired a young Washington lawyer named Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our National Anthem as a result our flag had another name "The Star Spangled Banner".
On July 4, 1822, the 24-star flag
became the sixth "Stars and Stripes" to fly over the
United States of America. "Old Glory", at first was a
single flag the bore the name now familiar to us all. The flag
belonged to Sea Captain William Driver. He received the flag in
1824. At that time he was about to sail from his homeport of Salem
Massachusetts, on one of the trips that took him around the world.
From that date on, the flag went with him on his ship "Charles
Doggett" whenever he went.
Today, whatever you choose to call it, it has 50 stars one for each state of the Union. It is the 27th Official Flag of the United States of America -- Our Flag.
About The Author
Donald R. (Don) Bohnwagner Sr. is an
Active Member of the North America Vexillological Association and
New England Vexillological Association, a Standard Bearer of the
National Flag Foundation, and a Patron Member of the Flag Research
"Call Me What You May ...
I Am Your Flag"
Don Bohnwagner, Sr.
Since its birth on June 14, 1777, our Flag has been called by many names. Whether you call it "The Red, White, and Blue", "The Stars and Stripes", "The Star Spangled Banner", or "Old Glory", it is the symbol of our country and of all that the United States of America has been, is, and will always be. It is Our Flag -- God Bless America.
We All Scream for Ice
Ice cream was invented in Italy in the
16th century, but when Dolly Madison, wife of James
Madison (the fourth President_, served it at the White House it was
still considered a delicacy. Since that time, ice cream has become
America's favorite dessert, as evidenced by 1989 average consumption
of 16 pounds per person per year! One third of all ice cream sold is
vanilla, followed closely by chocolate and strawberry.
Tell It Like It Is
Send a den letter to the President of the USA!
The President and Mrs. Clinton
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