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Happily Ever After Constitution Day!

September 17, 2017

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By Dahni

© 2017, all rights reserved

Happily Ever After Birthday Constitution!

Today marks two hundred and thirty years since 1787. It is Constitution Day! Today commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution, by thirty-nine brave souls, on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens. It was signed in Philadelphia, PA, the city of “brotherly love (and sisters too). For better or worse, indifferent or just different, WE’re still here! That in and of itself is a reason to celebrate. That’s it for history today. Rather than a lengthy essay or a long drawn-out post, let’s us just take some time today, to consider:

  1. How far those original 13 colonies had come in 1776
  2. How far those sovereign 13 states had come, from being so anarchistic and so un-united, in 1787
  3. How far this republic has come since 1787
  4. How far you and I have come in 2017
  5. How much further, are WE willing to go

How Much Further?

Happy Birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 of WE,

Dahni

 

 

 

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The Inaugural

January 19, 2017
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The Inaugural

By WE the People
© January 20th, 2017
all rights reserved, by WE the People

inaugural1From a distance in the dark
Yon early morning light reveals
A blanket of fog across the amber fields
And monuments of testaments above the crimson flow
Comes a whisper
That shatters the stillness from afar
Through the years and years
Despite the tears, but with courage to the fears
Some 228 years ago and now the fifty-eighth time

 

 

 

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Heat of mid morning melting away the cold
Its brilliance vanquishes every vast darkness
Dividing and separating
Uniting and attaching
Then a hush; then a hum, rolling through the unfurling
Of stars and stripes
A chorus and a shout
From all those standing; erected stones that stood for liberty
Whose crimson blood still flows beneath their feet
Wherein they stood or yet stand,
for freedom and,
gave and still give, their all,
for its birth and,
for its continuance

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Solemn is the moment,
But joy adorns the lips
Waves of emotion rising
wafting like a hymn
that God would grant this peaceful transfer,
into living memory every fourth year,
as We the People once again,
Inaugurate Our Republic, anew

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Freedom’s Breeze

June 14, 2016
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By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

 

Not some fabric of three colors
of stars and stripes
to be hoisted and flown
in freedom’s breeze

Not some patch or lapel pin
Worn over or near the heart
Clothing or banner or marketing
To sell or praise
Freedom’s breeze

Thrown down, trodden underfoot
spit upon or burned
in freedom’s breeze

Though no flag flies or trumpet beckons
It cannot be destroyed or forgotten
It cannot be killed
For forever beats and pulses every heart
The world over
For freedom’s breeze

Not the bosom for patriot’s heart to swell
Or draped upon the full measure paid of devotion
Not an emblem to be feared nor revered
Nor symbol, for some anthem it inspired
No icon for bravery’s home’s or free land
in freedom’s breeze

None of these or so the much more, can define
Not what it is, but what it represents
In all the nations of the world
No other has written their constituted purpose
Rights such as life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness
unfurling in freedom’s breeze

 

FreedomsBreeze

For Flag Day June 14th, 2016
Used by permission from: ‘Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver’
A sequel to: ‘An Un-alien’s Guide to Resetting Our Republic
by the same author
Scheduled for Publication: November 2016

1 of WE,

Dahni

Remember

May 30, 2016
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By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

Half-Mast til' Noon

Half-staff til’ Noon

Most of you know I’m not, a veteran. I’ve family that have lived and died in service to this country. Most of my dearest friends are members of these services for my Freedom and yours! They are among the kindest, gentlest, most respectful, most civil, most dedicated, most disciplined, among the smartest, and most heart-serving, self-sacrificing people, I’ve ever known! I’m just honored, really honored that they let me hang out with them and shake their hands! I try my best to do for them more! To me, they are the living, breathing examples of the purpose of, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America! I REMEMBER you! And they, remember what Memorial Day is for! I will REMEMBER! What does this day mean to me and to all others?

Full-staff after Noon

Full-staff after Noon

Note: “Half-staff” or “Half-mast?” If a flag is hoisted on a pole on land, the proper term is half-staff. If it is a flag raised on a ship, the correct term is, half-mast.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a soldier stand guards by day and night at Arlington National Cemetery

Memorial Day, is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. It is supposed to, honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Today, many people have forgotten this or have never known this and it has become something else. And sadly, there are those that do not care and may not ever care? How very sad and so very, very foolish are these whose breath and freedom has been provided by those who lived and died that they so dishonor! General Sherman of the Civil War said, “War is Hell!” Every soldier, from both the North and South, fought and died for FREEDOM, all politics aside!!

In 1966, the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

Originally, this day was known as, Decoration Day. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Soldiers still decorate the graves here, every year, for the unknown soldier and for those who families cannot or will not. It is fitting that both those of the North and of the South are buried here because, WE the People are one people! Arlington Cemetery by the way, is on property that once belonged to General Robert E. Lee. The name Lee, is a namesake in our family. Our grandmother Laura Lee was named by her great-grandfather, who fought with General Lee and respected him greatly! Our sister was named, Carol Lee. Her daughter was named, Sierra Lee.

Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Today, we have forgotten this history or have never been taught it. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials of their family and friends that may or may not have served in the military. Others hold family gatherings and participate in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer. Swimming pools often open up on Memorial Day and close on Labor Day. Many people just think of it as a three-day holiday. It has become a time for the gatherings of friends and family and backyard barbecues and picnics.  It is a time of ‘great deals’ for new car sales and sales for so many more ‘things.’ Then there is the matter of confusing this day with other holidays.

 

REMEMBER

VETERANS DAY

Veterans Day November 1, is an opportunity to publicly commemorate the contributions of living veterans. Every veteran has the right to a military funeral to include: an honor guard, the blowing of TAPS, their coffin draped with a flag of the United States of America and to have it properly folded by the honor guard into its triangular shape, representing the first patriots’ cocked three corner hat of 1776 and to have this presented to some loved one, “on behalf of a grateful nation.” 

ARMED FORCES DAY

Armed Forces Day, May 17 an opportunity to publicly commemorate the contributions of those presently serving in all branches of the military.

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MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day, May 30 (traditional), is a sacred day to all war veterans. It commemorates those who died while in service to their country or that died from wounds while in service to our country. My brother’s namesake, Richard, was an Air Force pilot in WW2. Neither his plane nor his body was every found. Memorial Day is for men and women like him. Like any veteran, these men and women have the rights to a military funeral with all the do respect, due them. America’s collective consciousness demands that all citizens be reminded of the deaths of their fellow countrymen during wartime or times of their sacrifice while in service to our nation. By honoring the nation’s war dead and those that died while in service, we preserve their memory and thus their service and sacrifice. All U.S. flags should be displayed at half-staff or half-mast during the morning hours. At noon, they should be raised back to full-staff or full-mast. Respectfully, the flag should be taken down at sunset and properly folded.

Note: “Half-staff,” Full-staff” or “Half-mast, Full-mast?” If a flag is hoisted on a pole on land, the proper term is half-staff or full-staff. If it is a flag raised on a ship, the correct term is, half-mast or full-staff.

This day is a sacred day to all veterans and to those serving. None of these never need, to be reminded of the reason that Memorial Day must be commemorated!

Far too often, the nation as a whole, takes for granted the freedoms all Americans enjoy and those that have made and will make it still possible! Those freedoms were paid for, or will be, by the ultimate sacrifice with the lives of others, few of us actually knew or will ever know. That’s why they are all collectively remembered on one special day.

Memorial Day should be regarded as a civic obligation. For this is a national debt that can only be truly repaid by individual Americans. By honoring the nation’s dead that died in service to our country, we preserve their memory and thus their service and sacrifice in the memories of future generations. For by them are we here! There is no greater example of love, commitment and dedication, for they gave and will freely give their lives to something far greater, than their own lives!

“Greater love hath no man [or woman] than this, that a man [or woman] lay down his life for his  [or theirfriends [and family and all others of our nation].”

John 15:13,King James Version (KJV)

They came; they will come, from all walks of life and regions of the country. But they all had and will have, one thing in common—love of and loyalty to country. This bond cemented and cements ties between them in times of trials, allowing a diverse lot of Americans to achieve monumental ends. They are the examples of what it means to be united, in the United States of America!

We remember the loss of loved ones, a sense of loss that takes group form. In essence, America is commemorating those who made the greatest sacrifice possible—giving one’s own life on behalf of others.

Nothing infuriates me more than the ignorance of flag burners. Not only do they not understand the purpose of Our Republic, and trample upon it, spit on it and burn it, they take these flags from those whose honor it is, to have their coffins draped by their Mother country, for whom they have freely given their all, to all and to even for those that burn their palls.

Perhaps those that disrespect, would be interested in knowing that if the government enforced our laws, they would be in violation of the U.S. Flag Code and subject to penalties. For more information on the flag code see: Flag This (an update)

Note: A pall (also called mortcloth) is a cloth (or flag) that covers a casket or coffin at funerals. The word comes from the Latin pallium (cloak).

Each year, members of the military have the honor of placing flags at the graves of every soldier buried, in Arlington National Cemetery. Soldiers understand and take this day and the words of JFK seriously. President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”

This year marks the 72nd year since the Normandy Invasion.

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The picture above is extraordinary! Two actual photographs were merged together to make it.  It is ‘D-Day’ in Normandy. It is the Landing of US troops on Omaha beach. The Black and white photo portion is from June 6th 1944; colour from 2010. Many lost their lives the day this was taken or shortly after. Most have since died. The rest will soon pass away. Our family honors two family friends (Joe & Don) that participated in the Normandy Invasion. They are honored to personally participate in the memorial in Normandy, France, on this seventy-second commemoration. They are just two of the few still alive from their ship, the USS DD603 Murphy, which participated in the Normandy Invasion. Though we may not know or remember those in this picture, they have all lived and died or will one day, for FREEDOM! They cannot and must not be forgotten! REMEMBER!

I am posting this with the hope that as many people as possible will see it, share it, learn from it and DO IT! Enjoy your long holiday. Enjoy your times together as family and friends. Enjoy your rest. Enjoy your barbecues, parades and picnics. I hope you find and make ‘great deals’ during this three-day weekend. Enjoy decorating the graves of your loved ones. But on Memorial Day, May the 30th, remember what it is REALLY for and for WHOM! Flags In! Flags in for their courage! Flags in for the cause! Flags in for the freedom! I will, REMEMBER!

“This weekend we honor those who gave it all to their country and then some. It amazes me often how men and women find the courage to put on the uniform and wear their patriotism freely and honorably. It also reminds me of what Nathan Hale said one time, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” The heroes of this country deserve a day to be celebrated and reflected upon, but not mourned. I conclude this post with a great quote from General George S. Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.””

excerpt from the words of a living Army veteran: Chuck Mcmillen

 

1 of We,

Dahni

Good Morning USA

July 4, 2015

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© 2015, all rights reserved

GoodMornUSA

Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

 

Is it that these three, barely exist

or that a remnant, still persist?

Is it that WE do NOT know each other

or WE are impatient, for it all to smother?

Is it that WE were ever united

or the fire has been ignited?

 

From 1776 and 1789, for 239 and 226 years respectively

Through hell and back, these three have stood collectively

Are all just separate relics of the past, WE’d just soon forget

Are all meaningless scraps of paper and cloth, We surely and sorely regret?

 

Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

 

Is it that WE’ve traded, for all our wants and security

or that we deserve NOT— Life, Happiness and Liberty?

 

Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

GoodMornUSA2

 

 

Fragile Whispers

July 4, 2014

by Dahni

© 2014, all rights reserved

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In the midst of this, our 238th year of Independence, on this fourth of July, I am reminded and reflect upon the costs of the many freedoms, many here in the United States, enjoy.

In the midst of our pomp and circumstance, parades and parties, pyrotechnics and the propensity toward a plethora of pleasurable activities that many will enjoy today, there remain, many that will not.

In the midst of our celebrations, the fury of nature has left many with joy-interuptus’, changed plans, stranded and forced to deal with the havoc of hurricane Arthur.

In the midst of remembrance of our birth of Liberty, and Freedoms in this country, there are many that are far from home, in foreign lands that will to die and some have and some will die, to defend ideas. Ideas such as a republic, a democratic process, equality, and rights among these as: “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

In the midst of these, I am reminded and reflect upon histories long ago that these are not new ideas nor do they represent some finished and completed work, wrought and won in times past, but ever present hopes and dreams, of every man, woman and child, the world over. These precious ideas, ever remain fragile and like whispers, with always the possibility that they could vanish from the face of the earth and without a sound to the human ear or heart; forgotten and to be never recalled in the memory of HOPE.

I am reminded and reflect upon that from these many histories, these fragile whispers were almost nonexistent in the backdrop of insurmountable odds, vast numbers of opposition and even the fury and the ravages of nature. Our present WE, was born thousands of years ago, during many empires of the ancient world; in Greece and Rome, civilizations built and which thrived upon these fragile whispers and only endured until, the fragile was trodden under dust and the whispers were silenced. The costs of freedom have always been high and ever will be. Sometimes these fragile whispers were lost, but not forgotten, for you cannot silence the unspoken desires of every man, woman and child, from the beginning of human-kind upon this earth until the last breath of the very last soul.

I am reminded and reflect upon the reasons or the WHY, for conflicts and perils endured. Not numbers, not technology, not superior intellect, luck, nature’s cooperation, training, skill, or discipline – each separate or all together combined, could not answer; cannot answer. These merely may play, some minor part, but something else propelled and will propel, hope against  all hope. Search your own heart and you will answer, Love of Life, Love of Liberty, and the Freedom to Think, to Pursue Happiness!

I am reminded and reflect upon HOW any of these ends could have ever been or ever shall be enjoyed in part or full by all, by many or by any. Search your heart and you will answer, Unity of Purpose!

I am reminded and reflect upon that during conflicts and perils, many, many men and women stood shoulder to shoulder and that they were men and women of many different backgrounds, languages, color of skin, cultures, states and colonies, villages and hamlets that for their individual Love of Liberty and with Unity of Purpose, they became each other’s brother and sister. But I am also reminded and reflect upon that behind them stood men, women and children of equal Love of Liberty and with equal Unity of Purpose, they became the families of Family, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers, brothers, sons, sisters and daughters. These families would bare more sons and daughters; they would be the children to rise and fall and to continue!

I am reminded and reflect upon that through these struggles there have been many losses and defeats, but  “…right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

I am reminded and reflect upon that today, my wife and other family members are safe from the ravages of hurricane Arthur and are safely on their way home. I enjoy relative good health. I have a roof over my head, food and drink, and many freedoms, but there are many that do not. Am I therefore free? How can I be when there is anyone in the world that is not? I cannot!

I am reminded and reflect upon the idea that no matter the outcome of conflicts and perils, I still hold that which no one can take, steal or destroy, my Freedom of Thought! I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men [and women] have torn down, men [and women] other-centered, can build up.”

I am reminded and reflect upon the ideas that conflicts and perils so great, so long and so lasting, so continuing, yet still, nothing can stop the idea of Liberty that cries within every heart and as a barbaric yawp from every voice, and yet it cannot long endure, without Unity of Purpose.

I am reminded and reflect upon that even with Unity of Purpose, and the Love of Life, the Love of Liberty and the Love to Pursue Happiness, none of these can be or ever are, sufficient to claim these things for all to enjoy, without the proper foundation to drive them and make them a reality! “Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy [lament] into a creative psalm of brotherhood [sisterhood]. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

On this day, July 4th, 2014, I am reminded and reflect upon these fragile whispers. They remain fragile and they remain, but whispers, for they are not finished. There ever remain forces that would obliterate them. There remain many that have not or do not taste the fruits of equality and unalienable rights. I am not free while any are not free or anyone is not free! And though I may continuously and continually pledge to these ends, my life, any fortune of any real or intrinsic value or influence I may control or access, they are NOT ENOUGH! For I am one. But with others, I become a WE! He or She that will stand for me, are He and She that stand with me. And our individual Love of Life, Love of Liberty, Love of Freedom and Love to Pursue Happiness are NOT enough! For WE must become more than we may be, because of our differences and in spite of our differences. WE must be, Unified in Purpose, but that is not enough either! For WE, must become bound by a foundation of LOVE, for ONE ANOTHER! And then and only then will the fragile whispers become unbreakable cries of victory, for once and for all!

WE the People, United and Undivided is founded by Love! May this foundation,; may this fourth and may this force be with you, within you, for you, in front of you, over you, underneath you, behind you and ever be, by your side!

 

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Dahni,

1 of  WE

 

 
= excerpts from acceptance speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize, Oslo, Norway, December 10, 1964, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr