Do you know about the “Games for European Small Nations” starting today in Monaco? The nation of Malta has done very well in the past in this competition.
Young athletes proudly flying the flag for Malta
The team spirit was evident as the athletes walked in the Labour National Centre proudly sporting the white, red and black national track suit to meet a Labour party delegation led by leader Alfred Sant.“You are role models for your peers we wish you the best of luck; but not only, may this serve you as an experience to open new avenues for your careers,” said Dr Sant.The Malta Olympics Committee (MOC) secretary general Joseph Cassar said that it was very important that the authorities place sports at the top of their agendas and described this year’s Small Nations Games as a enthusiastic moment for the contingent.
If you are unfamiliar with the story behind the U.S. National Anthem, here is the story for you. Richard Shuster tells why Francis Scott Key was on a British ship during the night of bombardment on Fort McHenry, and Key’s joy when dawn broke and the flag was still flying.
Our National Anthem by Richard G. Shuster
I was once asked to speak at a luncheon. Taking my life in my hands, I announced I was going to sing our national anthem — all four stanzas. This was greeted with loud groans. One man closed the door to the kitchen, where the noise of dishes and cutlery was loud and distracting.
“Thanks, Herb,” I said.
“That’s all right,” he said. “It was at the request of the kitchen staff.”
I explained the background of the anthem and then sang all four stanzas. Let me tell you, those people had never heard it before — or had never really listened. I got a standing ovation. But it was not me; it was the anthem.
More recently, while conducting a seminar, I told my students the story of the anthem and sang all four stanzas. Again there was a wild ovation and prolonged applause. And again, it was the anthem and not me.
So now let me tell you how it came to be written.
As I work through the news every day, I see many stories similar to this one. The Elk Lodges nation-wide are preparing for massive Flag Day celebrations either this or next weekend. To attend one of these events, check with your local Elks Lodge for details.
Nashuatelegraph.com: Community Features
Since 1908, it has been mandatory for all Elks Lodges throughout the country to conduct Flag Day exercises to honor the nation’s flag, to celebrate the anniversary of its birth and to recall the achievements attained beneath its folds.
John A. Balch, exalted ruler of the Nashua Lodge of Elks, and the lodge officers will conduct the services. Guest soloist Rita Morin will be accompanied by guest organist Francine Davis and guest clarinetist Roland Kohl. Speaker of the Day will be Harry E. Miller Jr., a colonel in the New Hampshire National Guard who recently returned home from a 14-month Iraq tour. He is also a member of the Nashua Lodge of Elks 720.
• Officers of the Nashua Lodge of Elks will be assisted by Boy Scouts of Troop 410 with the Pageantry of Flags as the building of the Floral Bell of Liberty takes place. The indoor ceremony takes approximately one hour before moving outside the lodge for the retirement of the Elks’ American and Pow/Mia flags, which are donated by the Nashua Emblem Club 170.
The life of Abby Day Slocomb was not covered in my American history book. What a lady! She did not like the word “No.” This is a great bit of history for today’s news reading.
TheDay.com – Abby Day Slocomb: She Made A Difference
Abby Day Slocomb, or more formally, Mrs. Cuthbert Harrison Slocomb, was brought up in the grace and courtliness of New Orleans. She made quite a stir when she bought a house in Groton in 1888 and turned her attention to the Revolutionary War battlefield just across the street. Before she left she had established a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, organized their museum, convinced the state of Connecticut to purchase the land around old Fort Griswold for a state park and created a design for the Connecticut state flag.
Abby’s ancestors came from New England. Her great-grandfather, Capt. Elisha Hinman, was a successful New London privateer during the Revolution. His wife Abigail Dolbeare, born in Norwich, had distinguished herself on the awful day of Sept. 6, 1781, during the British attack on New London. When she met her old acquaintance Benedict Arnold burning the town, she threatened him with a gun. Abby cut her teeth on stories of Abigail’s bravery.