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Allegiance To America, Under God

Updated on January 30, 2014

What does America mean to me?

When I think of America, I think of home. This is the land where I grew up. These are the values that I share. Mine is the flag and country of which I have always held in my heart with great respect. I have always been proud to be an American!

America has always been a country of great strength, yet, a country with a huge heart for others who are less fortunate or in need. It is a country where men have gone to war to protect our values and our way of life. However, they never forgot where their strength came from and whom to thank for the privilege of sharing what God has always given us.

Today, I still feel such pride and adoration for our great country. However, I also feel great concern as we leave behind another year. I have seen many of our values fall short along the way in these past years. I have seen our children forget to show respect for our flag and for what she stands.

Only time will tell the story of where our country's path will lead. I pray that God will be with us as we walk these days together. I pray that the American people will remember who has truly led this country to the victories before and who must lead our steps in the future.

"It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent." Jeremy Taylor

A Walk For The President - Values Of Our Past

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What Should Our Flag Mean To Us?

by Edward F. Hutton

"The Flag is many things. It is a mark of identification of ships at sea and of armies in the field."

"It is a means of communication. When you see our Flag in front of a home, it says, for all the world to read, "Here lives a family that is American in spirit as well as in name."

"The Flag is a mirror, reflecting to each person his own ideals and dreams. It is a history. Its thirteen stripes and fifty stars embrace a record written greatly during these years since 1776."

"It is a mark of pride in a great word---the word "American."

"It is an aspiration of what small children want their lives to be. It is a memory at the end of life of all that life has been."

"It is a ribbon of honor for those who have served it well---in peace and war."

"It is a warning not to detour from the long road that has brought our country and its people to a degree of prosperity and happiness never even approached under any other banner."

Edward F. Hutton

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When An American Says He Loves His Country...

What Does He Mean?

When an American says he loves his country, he is talking of many things. He could be describing the rolling hills of the Carolinas or the flowing, unpredictable waters of our oceans. He could be telling us of the wide, rising plains of the mid west or the beautiful, majestic mountains of Virginia.

But more than this, he means that he loves the very air and light of our great country. He loves the freedom it affords him to make his dreams come true, its very breath of self-respect, and its freedom of speaking his own mind. Most of all, he loves his right to worship Our Father in Heaven with the highest degree and spirit of Christianity.

National Anthem - Do You Know The Second Verse?

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When You Pledge Allegiance

by Eugenia S. Hunt

Where has it gone, America,

The America of my youth?

When our flag was respected,

Our children, believers of truth.

Standing in quiet, rigid stance,

With right hand upon their heart.

Knowing God and American values

Would never stand apart.

A time when men went off to fight,

Their hearts were filled with pride.

Who for our country's honor fought,

And, for her, gladly died.

Standing at the forefront

Of every decision made,

God's Word, there to lead them,

And, in Him, they did obey.

Today, we find Him missing

In things that we hold dear.

Removed by those around us

Who reject His words to hear.

So, when you pledge allegiance,

Remember who led the way.

Refuse to denounce our Father,

He's still only a prayer away.

The Meaning Of A Flag-Draped Coffin

Why Are There Thirteen Folds?

Every American should be given this lesson. Our founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation. It's time for Americans to re-educate themselves about this Nation's history. Be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our 'GOD GIVEN' rights and freedoms.

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

Do you understand what the flag-draped coffin really means? When a flag is draped over the top of a veteran's coffin and later folded and placed in the hands of so many widows and widowers, do you know what is meant? Have you ever noticed how the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, 'Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.'

The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that They pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America , and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their nations motto, 'In God We Trust.'

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat. This is ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones. They were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.

Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of ' Liberty and Freedom.'

ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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BATTLE

By Eugenia S. Hunt

Amid the balance of nature

He battles with his scorn,

Unending course to nurture,

Trudge on, weary, forlorn.

Gone is past assurance,

Struggling, amid the pain,

To grasp, again, a fading dream

Now washed by pelting rain.

As in the drops of water

Running, unheeded, down his face,

A lack of understanding

For occupying space.

Time stands still, fear stampedes

The drumbeat in his head,

Reaching through the depths of night

To banish thought and dread.

Fleeting minutes pass,

Countless as the stars,

Days become as conflicts

Numbered by the scars.

The inner threat to lose control

Of sanity and self,

An outer battle with each day,

His life now he much stealth.

For, once amid the turmoil

Of repairing body and mind,

He, then, must face the questions

Of memories left behind.

To make a sense of broken dreams

And understand, with pride,

How, for their country's honor, fought,

And, for her, they have died.

Purple Mountain's Majesty - O Beautiful

It Is Up To You!

What Will You Choose For Your Future Generations?

As I have heard all of my life, history repeats itself. Should we not, as Americans, then listen to the advice of those who have gone before us?

My friend, who grew up in Romania and spent her years there as a young adult, left her country as a grown woman to come to America for the freedom she did not have in her own country. Later, after working very hard, she brought her husband and her mother to America to be with her. She knows what we only profess to know and appreciates all that WE simply take for granted!

I realize there are those who will disagree with me and, for that, you have the right. I was brought up to stand behind our President. However, he is simply a man surrounded by other men like himself, who do not have all the answers. I know what my friend has experienced and she sees the similarity becoming the America in which she now finds herself and she is very concerned.

We need to really think about the reality of America and decide what we wish to see for the future of our grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whatever the future holds, it is THEIR lives who will be most affected.

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Taken From "Born Out Of Faith"

by J. Edgar Hoover

"Faith in God has meant to me the enjoyment of those manifold 'blessings of liberty' which the Founding Fathers sought to secure for all posterity. It is a fathomless source from which to draw strength in times of adversity. And it has helped me to catch a glimpse of the wisdom implicit in those immutable laws by which He rules His universe."

"This nation was born out of faith in God. It can continue to exist in freedom only as that faith remains forthright and strong. A statesman of a past age said, 'Despotism may govern without faith, but Liberty cannot'."

J. Edgar Hoover

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Honour and Good Sense

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill said, as he spoke to schoolchildren at a perilous time in his countries' History: "Never give in, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense."

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Abraham Lincoln

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"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

Abraham Lincoln

As We Think Of Those Who Went Before Us - Pledge Of Allegiance By Red Skelton

Not only did our government leaders understand the true meaning of being an American. So did our people. Our schools taught it and even our entertainers lead us in its praise.

Giving My Readers A Voice

True Americans

I was born in Europe, in a communist country. It does not matter which one as all communist countries are the same. By 1980, I felt like that was the last straw, and made a crazy move: I immigrated to the USA. Looking back after more than 25 years, I have to confess that my decision was the best ever. So, I enjoy every minute of my new life here because I have something to compare with. I am an American citizen and proud of it. It brings tears to my eyes when I see people taking for granted the liberties, the opportunities, when some of them don't respect the flag and don't even know the significance of it. And, it is painful to watch the disconnect between our representatives and good people of this land. For those who fall in the above category, I have to tell you that America is the greatest country on earth. For those who love this land, and fight for it, I have respect and gratitude.

Happy 4th of July!

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In regards to the Pledge of Allegiance; the words 'Under God' were added by congress, who were encouraged (by President Eisenhower) to add these words, because of the communist threat of the times. He wanted to make sure that other Nations knew who we stood by. Secondly, if one does any research on our 'Declaration of Independence', they would find that in the original draft...the word god was not capitalized and in the final mark-up the signers (Thomas Jefferson included) made sure that the word God was capitalized to show that we stood for the supreme God. With a minimal research, one would find God all over our nation. Just take a trip to Washington to find God all over the Capital building and many of our nations monuments...Even the Ten Commandments! Anyone disputing this should do their research!

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Thank You for this lens. I am a US Navy Veteran, and I love this country and God with all of my heart and soul. You hit a grand slam with this lens. It is clear that it is heart felt, and this country needs more people like you who are willing to stand up for the AMERICAN FLAG, and the PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE and what they really mean and stand for. Again, THANK YOU!

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I wept; I felt my heart swell with pride; I felt shame at some of the things I did not know; I wept again because so many have forgotten WHY America is what it is. If I could, I would go before the Congress of the United States when it was in full session and read the entire lens. Then, I would read the quote from Abraham Lincoln--again, loudly. I am humbled. Thank you.

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What a tribute, not only to all of those brave, stalwart individuals who paid the ultimate sacrifice to procure us our freedom - but to God, who made it all possible. This is wonderful! Thank you, and may this be broadcast to millions of patriotic Americans - lest we forget...

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Wow ~ this is beautiful! I am sitting here in tears of respect to the people and ideals of our great country. Thank you for sharing your writing talents in this passionate lens. God bless America!

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I stand more proudly every day to be an American, even as things in our country change. I'll never take my freedoms for granted.

GOD BLESS AMERICA...PLEASE!!

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"Allegiance To America, Under God"

Lens Of The Day Winner

July 2, 2010

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Who Is Mom To The Zoo?

My Bio

Born in the small town of Pendleton, South Carolina, in 1950, I was the oldest of two, five years my sister's senior. It was a wonderful place to grow up where the entire town raised its children. I was always surrounded by people who loved and looked out for me. I graduated from High School with the same people who were in my kindergarten class. At 59, my childhood friends are still my friends. I feel so fortunate to have known such a childhood.

After college, I worked at Clemson University until May 1972. At that time, I married and lived in Glyfada, 22 miles from Athens, Greece for two years...via USAF. We then moved to North Dakota for another two years before returning to South Carolina.

We divorced after 16 years and two children. I married my best friend two years later and moved to Florida in 1988 and together we have raised my husband's son and daughter and my son and daughter...one federal officer, one "stay at home" mother and wife, one sixth grade school teacher, and the other, after working for Florida Power and Light since age 19, is now with AT&T. In 1996, I adopted my step daughter. We are blessed with four grandsons and one granddaughter.

In 1999, we became foster parents with the Children's Home Society and had a number of children under our roof in the next 5 years. In 2001, we adopted a 13 year old girl, whom we first met at the age of 11, and is now 22. I also have spent more time in a courtroom than I care to think about, fighting for the rights of the children in our care. In 2004, I turned in my license so that I could be a full time Mom to our special needs daughter and keep our infant granddaughter five days a week while her mother was teaching.

Bill, my husband, is a retired USAF Air Traffic Controller. He is now working out of the country, on Ascension Island, with Computer Science Raytheon, as their chief controller, contracted out of Patrick AFB, Florida. This enables him to continue to do the job he loves, air traffic, and aid the military. He flies in and out on furlough and I handle things here at home. I jokingly call myself a Single Married Woman.

Actually, I am a retired Accountant/Credit Manager, now a housewife, where I enjoy writing, singing, piano, and sewing. I have had numerous poems and short stories published and have sung in churches and for church organizations for years, as well as weddings, a couple of variety shows, and even at my daughter's, and later my son's, weddings, one of the hardest things I have EVER done. We are members of Riverside Baptist church where I am a soloist and a member of the Women's Bible Study Group.

And, last but not least, we have two singing dogs. Raven is a thirteen year old Skipperkee/Chow with bucked teeth and attitude and Whisper, our nine pound, twelve year old poodle, who thinks himself a Doberman.

I have been Mom To The Zoo since the morning after our wedding. My friend, Lee, who was staying with our four children and two dogs answered the phone from a sound sleep, "Hunt Zoo, Zookeeper Speaking."

My life has involved many changes and avenues that I would never have dreamed of and has given me challenges that I never thought I was equal to. But, I have found that God has a plan and, if you follow His lead, you can handle anything he puts in your hands. However, you have to first learn to listen to Him. No matter what we want from life, it must come in His time. He has given my husband and me more than we could have began to imagine back in high school and we have found that what we thought was so important for our futures back then was nothing to what we have done so far. I have learned from our foster children, to look forward to the future and the next challenge with enthusiasm and excitement. If they can trust and love us after what the world has dealt them, we can surely tackle whatever lies ahead with ease. Life is a series of learning experiences and I continue to find life to be both a challenge and a joy which grows with each passing year. I learn more and more about myself with each passing day!

Eugenia

(Photo: Taken of our family in 1994 when my husband retired from the USAF after 25 years in service.)

Now It Is Your Turn! - What Are Your Thoughts On America's Path?

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 3 years ago

      @Tricia Deed: I ask myself that question daily. There has to be an answer in Washington as to why so many who swore to uphold and hold dear the Constitution now sit by and watch as it is trashed. I don't have the answer and it infuriates me!!

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      America's path is very shaky today. We need to wake up and smell the roses; time is running out.

      The use of much red in your lens reminds me of the blood shed by our dead and wounded veterans who have given much to serve this country. Many men and women have fought for our freedoms. Why are we not paying attention and throwing our country into ruin?

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you for sharing, Michey!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Beautiful patriotic lens and with a lot of things for me to learn. Thanks for sharing the meaning of the 13 folds of our flag.

      God bless America - One Nation, Under GOD, With Liberty And Justice For All.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @OhMe: Amen!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is so beautiful and patriotic. It sure makes me proud to be an American. God Bless America!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 5 years ago

      @WinWriter: Amen! And thank you for your blessing! :)

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      WinWriter 5 years ago

      God Bless America. *Blessed *

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 5 years ago

      @bensen32 lm: Thank you, Benson!!

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      bensen32 lm 5 years ago

      Very nice lens, I am featuring it on my stars and stripes lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      YOu lens photos are not showing up. THere is a glitch in Squidoo. You need republish all your lenses. Just click edit, then publish and photos will appear again.

      Great lens. I love God, I love Jesus, Love my country!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @LikinTrikin LM: So glad you enjoyed the lens! Thank you so much for the lensroll!!

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      LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. I absolutely loved it. 'veI lensrolled this with several of mine.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @lens4Him: Thank you for your words...you totally express the way I feel about our country's downhill slide! Without God, we won't have a chance! And those who have gone before knew this!

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      lens4Him 6 years ago

      What a wonderful Lens! I am only a resident Alien (my wife is All American) but this lens made me proud to be living here. My main concern with the path America is taking is with the attempted removal of God from our lives by a vocal minority, and the acceptance of the unacceptable in terms of values. Definitely a lens worth sharing on Facebook :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @OhMe: That's great...thanks for letting me know!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Squidoo donated another $76.64 to Friends of the Park for Veterans Park making the total to date from Squidoo $1,733.53. Thank you, Squidoo!

      Thank you, Jeanie, for your continued support!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thanks so much, Angel Michey! :)

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Just come back to sprinkled Angel dust to this lens.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey LM: And thank you, Michey for the feature!!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      This is definitely one of my favorite, so I'll feature in my patriotic lenses.

      Thanks for writing this lens

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am so excited and just add to pop back in and let you know that the August payout for Friends of the Park was $86.85 in royalties and $495.00 in contest winnings. Thank you for your part in making this happen! Friends of the Park is so appreciative of all our Squidoo friends. Thank you. Thank you.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks...after I received so many nice comments, I decided to pick out a few of the special ones.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love how you have added the voices of your readers. Very nice!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Michey LM: I, too, have learned as I have created this lens and I continue to learn as others add their comments. Thanks for sharing, Michey!

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      I like that you create "Giving My Readers A Voice" section, in addition to the patriotism and specific point of view, it is a great source of information, I learn a couple of history facts as well.

      Thanks

      M.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @mich1908: Thank you, Michelle...I am so glad you stopped by to share my thoughts. I do hope you find something within my other lenses to enjoy. Welcome to Squidoo!!

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      mich1908 7 years ago

      Such heartfelt patriotism...You wrote so well..I will read your other lenses as well gradually..I'm sure they will be just as heartwarming..Thank you..

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you...so glad you enjoyed!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Interesting lens and a great read. Well deserved LOTD

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @LizMac60: Thank you, Liz!

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congrats on LotD.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! Happy 4th of July!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much, Shelly...so glad you stopped by to share my thoughts!! And, yes, Nancy has visited a number of times...think I may install hardwood...will hold up better! LOL

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well you sure have me all misty eyed here--and what better day to have our patriotism inspired. I heard Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance years ago and it struck me even more so today. Red's expounded version reminds me of reading the Amplified Bible. Thank you for this wonderful labor of love! I see Nancy has been here so many times that she is wearing out the carpet!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @VSP: Thank you so much...I do, too...and thank you also for the favoriting and the lensrolls!!!

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      VSP 7 years ago

      Thank you for putting together such a wonderful lens. I pray it will affect the lives of those who read in a positive way and will increase their respect for America. Thumbs up, favorited and lensrolled to several of my lenses. Ooh and Congrats on LOTD.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @thanks234: Thank you for sharing my thoughts! I feel every American needs to really think about what America and our freedoms mean to them...and then realize we stand to lose them unless we began again to work together toward an answer to our problems within. I am so happy to have received so many wonderful comments from others who love America as I do.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @puzzlerpaige: Thank you...I think all teenagers should know about our country and its old values!

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      thanks234 7 years ago

      I have no words coming out of my mouth this lens made me cry i was all ways wondering are there steal people in America that really know what America means to them and the world.I am proud to be burn and live in America and i am proud of you for understanding what America did to us and the world thanks

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      What an absolute blessing to read this on the morning of the 4th of July. My daughter will read this when she gets up. I love my country and get all choked up when singing the anthem, saying the pledge etc. I especially loved Michey's comment. Perfect choice for LOTD!!!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @tssfacts: Thank you...I so wish Americans would awaken and remember and stand up for what our country was based on before we lose all that our past leaders worked so hard for.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Great Lens everyone should read and re-read this. I remember when when Red Skelton did the Pledge of Allegiance. But I had forgotten what he had said. I am glad you included it.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: And a very happy fourth of July to you, as well...thank you for the lovely e-card!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Happy July 4th!

      Here is a beautiful animated Independence Day ecard of a July 4th parade in a small town USA:-)

      http://www.ojolie.com/ecards_independence_day.php

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Michey LM: Michey, Thank you so much for your wonderful words and, actually, great advice to all Americans!! You have come through the worst to find the best and understand well the difference! We would all be smart to pay attention!! I hope you have a fantastic Fourth Of July in celebration of the country you have learned to love dearly as your own.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      I was born in Europe, in a communist country, it does not matter which one as all communist countries are the same. By 1980 I felt like that was the last straw, and made a crazy move: I immigrated to the USA.

      Looking back after more than 25 years, I have to confess that my decision was the best ever. So I enjoy every minute of my new life here because I have something to compare with.

      I am American citizen and proud of it.

      It brings tears in my eyes when I see people taking for granted the liberties, the opportunities, when some of them donât respect the flag and donât even know the significance of it, and⦠it is painful to watch the disconnect between our representatives and good people of this land. For those who fall in above category, I have to tell you that America is the great country on earth.

      For those who love this land, and fight for it, I have respect and gratitude.

      Happy 4th of July!

      Michey

      Michey

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @hayleylou lm: Thanks so much, Hayley...glad you enjoyed!!

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD, excellent lens, thumbs up :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Airinka: Thank you very much, Airinka!!

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      5 stars

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Fran...actually, so did I! :) I am glad you enjoyed! Happy 4th!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on a very well done lens! I learned a lot.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much for your Blessing and may God Bless America this 4th of July!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Shades-of-truth: Thank you for sharing my thoughts with me! And thank you for your wonderful comments! I certainly hope God will Bless America this 4th of July!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @JoyfulPamela2: Absolutely...God Bless America! Thank you for sharing my thoughts!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTS! Wonderful and meaningful lens! a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~

      lensrolled to "my US citizenship" lens

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      This has to be one of the most striking Lenses I have every viewed. What a tribute, not only to all of those brave, stalwart individuals who paid the ultimate sacrifice to procure us our freedom - but to God, who made it all possible. This is wonderful! Thank you, and may this be broadcast to millions of patriotic Americans - lest we forget...

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wow ~ this is beautiful! I am sitting here in tears of respect to the people and ideals of our great country. Thank you for sharing your writing talents in this passionate lens. Congratulations on earning LOTD. God bless America!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is very interesting lens, Congratulations on LOTD :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @markwilcox: Thank you so much, Mark!! You just made my day!!! My father, too, was a Navy man and my husband is a 25 year USAF veteran. Thank you for all you have done for our country's freedom as well!

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      markwilcox 7 years ago

      First off congrats. on LOTD. Second Thank You for this lens. I am a US Navy Veteran, and I love this country and God with all of my heart and soul. You hit a grand slam with this lens. It is clear that it is heart felt, and this country needs more people like you who are willing to stand up for the AMERICAN FLAG, and the PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE and what they really mean and stand for. Again, Congratulations, and THANK YOU!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much! I didn't know about the folding of the flag either until I began researching it with this lens. I saw Red Skelton's show when he actually taped this video when I was a child and even at such a young age, I was in tears by the time he finished...I am so glad it has been reaired over and over for other generations to hear. I think every child in America should hear it before being given a high school diploma! Thanks again!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much Skiesgreen for the blessings and the feature spot on your wonderful lenses!! I so appreciate you sweet comments!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This was a beautiful lens! I was intrigued with the folding of the flag. I hadn't know what each fold meant. I have a folded flag from his funeral. Now everytime I look at it, I'll think of the hat. The video from Red Skelton brought tears to my eyes. Really touching lens. You get my vote!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well done lens. Congrats on LOTD. *-*Blesses*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and added to Lenses That Shine

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @happynutritionist: Claudia, thank you so much for your comments. Have a wonderful 4th as we all remember our country!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Heather426: Thank you so much, Heather...I totally agree with you. I had someone else say they would like to go before Congress in full session and read the entire lens! I so worry about our nation if it continues down the road it is on! Thank you for the lensroll!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Lee Hansen: Thank you so much and thank you for the lensroll!!! Happy 4th!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for your kind words. I totally agree with you...some of the thoughts that went through my mind as I wrote this brought tears for me as well. I worry about my grandchildren and what they may have to face if the American people don't realize very soon what is happening to this great nation! Thank you so much!!!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Steve, everyone has a right to their opinion, as you do. But I am sorry that you did not enjoy what I had to say or realize the importance of what God has done for this country over the years. I still stand, sentimental or not, on my love for the pledge of allegiance as I have learned it during my childhood. My father had a very real version of his allegiance to American as he fought during WWII in the Navy aboard a battle ship, in charge of the big guns. There he learned what it meant to fight for what he believed in and passed his love, romantic or not, on to me. I don't worry so much about technicalities of history as I do our need to keep God by our side as a nation, regardless of how Jefferson or Paine felt about it. Again, I am sorry you did not approve but I, too, had a right to my opinion and thank you for sharing yours.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Spook LM: Thank you so much, Kevin...I am so pleased you enjoyed my lens and so glad I included the Lincoln quote you were looking for!!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much!! And congrats on your country's birthday!! I am so glad you enjoyed my lens on my love of America! My wonderful friend here is originally from Canada and tells me so many wonderful things about your country!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you...so do I! It has been a wonderful place to live my life! We have been so fortunate!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @stacy mcdaniel: Thank you, Stacy...I, too, am very proud to be an American! Happy 4th!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you so much for the lensroll and lovely comments!! Happy 4th!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Kiwisoutback: Thank you so very much...I am so glad you enjoyed my lens! It was a heartfelt endeavor!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @raswook: Thanks, Jeff!!! I'm glad to hear that you agree...we all need to stand together as united Americans!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @VarietyWriter2: Thank you so very much for the SquidAngel Blessing!!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @ohcaroline: No, we should never take our freedoms for granted. I only wish our children and grandchildren had the understanding of such things as the rest of us have learned in the past.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Joan4: Thank you so much, Joan!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for your wonderful and heartfelt comments. My father served in the Navy during WWII and my husband was USAF for 25 years. He now is contracted out of Patrick AFB as an Air Traffic Controller. We are a military family. But I learned to respect my flag and my country as a child and I, too, am very proud of the country in which I live!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thanks, Michey!!! Have a wonderful 4th of July, too, you and Mom!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks, Nancy...and thank you so much for the nomination!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi. Congrats on LOTD. I am from Canada and we celebrated the birth of the country July 1.

      Hope you have a great holiday. What a fabulous lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on making the Lens of the Day!

      I have lived in the United States ever since I was a kid and love this country very much.

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day. Wonderful Lens! I'm proud to be an American.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful lens! Lensrolled and featured this on my American Flag lens. Congratulations on LotD!! Well deserved!

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Excellent work. I like what you've done with the CSS, it looks very sleek. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Jeff Wendland 7 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      Great job on this one, I could not agree more with how you feel on this one.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I stand more proudly every day to be an American, even as things in our country change. I'll never take my freedoms for granted.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD for this beautiful lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is how I learned to say the "Pledge of Allegiance", before it became a religious statement. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33-5MbIE7eQ

      I'm a two tour Vietnam Veteran, whose given over twenty years in service to the country in which I was born and in which I am extremely grateful to live. I am very spiritual, religious and Patriotic I Know the history of my heritage and my country. I know that a citizen of this great country does NOT need to be Christian or a believer in the Biblical deities to be a Patriotic American. I Am an American and I say the Pledge the way I learned it in school in 1953.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      Memorial Day, July 4th, Veterans Day, Flag Day, to name a few are all wonderful opportunities to remember things in a special way that we should remember every day of the week. Exceptional, wonderful choice for LOTD. Will add to my Facebook page and tweet for you. ~claudia

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      congrats on LOTD! love the Abraham Lincoln quote! Now if some of our leaders would read it and take it to heart!lensrolled to My Dad, My Hero.