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Tidbits and thoughts

I did a little digging into the Texas State flag yesterday; I was surprised when I found out the flag we know of today was not the original. The first flag was a single star on a blue background. I also found out that that Texas did not have an official state flag from 1871 to 1933; 1933 is when we came to have close to what we have now. I say close because the dimensions and colors were not defined, these small issue were not corrected until 1993… I am writing this from memory so some of my dates may be off, I need to check them. Tidbits of history are really neat to know.

The State Flag of Texas

Here are the flags:

First flag of the Republic of Texas

 

 

 

 

 

Second flag of the Republic of Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third flag of the Republic of Texas

 

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January 21, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , | Leave a comment

The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

October 26, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment