Monthly Archives: May 2013
Posted: May 13, 2013Categories: Honoring Our VeteransOn August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too. In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman "praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas" and said, "it is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace." In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated: "Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the firstRead more »
Posted: May 08, 2013Categories: News about our American Flag, Flag Etiquette Articles
South Carolina teacher Scott Compton is reportedly receiving $85,000 in settlement money after he was removed from his Chapin High School classroom after stomping on an American flag while discussing freedom. The school district paid the monies after Compton threatened a federal lawsuit. He has also received his annual salary since the incident last fall (even though he hasn't taught since then) and will receive a letter of recommendation from the district. Compton has told reporters that he was simply trying to teach the students a lesson about American freedoms and liberties. Indeed, Compton has the right to stomp on our national symbol, but that doesn't make it correct. And expecting good judgement from our teachers shouldn't be too much to ask. A news story on Scott Compton's payday is linked here.