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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Gloom ~ Picture of the Day ~ Eiffel Tower ~ Southern Potato Bake ~ Jerry & Sue's Wedding Anniversary ~ Flag Day ~ US Army Birthday ~ National Bourbon Day


Good 51º dark cloudy morning.



Yesterday we started out with the dark clouds......

Then occasionally during the day we'd get a view of the sky.




Picture of the Day... LOL, true! 





Interesting about the Eiffel Tower....



The Eiffel Tower, construction began in 1887 and finished in 1889 as the entrance to the worlds fair, initially criticized by some of Frances leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 ft tall.
The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world attracting around 7 million people per year and is the tallest structure in Paris.

A world renowned-landmark of France, the Eiffel Tower is commonly associated with being an architectural wonder and an icon to represent the city of love and lights. It is hard to imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, but if everything had gone according to the original plan, the center of Paris would be bare. The Eiffel Tower was originally intended for Barcelona, but Spain rejected the project. This proved to be a costly mistake for Spain who missed out on being the home of this iconic landmark.




From Mr. Food
If you're looking for a timeless Southern recipe then you have to try our Southern Potato Bake. Dish up hearty portions of this hot and hearty potato casserole and enjoy it with the whole family.



 

  • 1 (10-1/2-ounce) can cream of broccoli soup
  • 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 stick butter, melted, divided
  • 1 (32-ounce) package frozen southern-style hash browns
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cups corn flakes, coarsely crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine soup, sour cream, cheese, onion, and 1/2 stick butter; mix well. Stir in hash browns, salt, and pepper; pour into baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine corn flakes and remaining butter; mix well. Sprinkle over potatoes.
  4. Bake 55 to 60 minutes, or until heated through and golden brown.





Today is a special day, my wedding anniversary. Jerry and I married this day in 1975. Kristen was the flower girl and Brian was the ring bearer....





Historically this date....
1775 – American Revolutionary War: the Continental Army is established by the Continental Congress, marking the birth of the United States Army.


1777 – The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States.


1900 – Hawaii becomes a United States territory.


1937 – Pennsylvania becomes the first (and only) state of the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday.


1947 – Roswell UFO incident A supposed UFO crash lands in Roswell, New Mexico

1954 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law that places the words "under God" into the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.


1959 – Disneyland Monorail System, the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere, opens to the public in AnaheimCalifornia.


1994 – The 1994 Stanley Cup riot occurs after the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup from Vancouver, causing an estimated $1.1 million, thus forcing 200 arrests and injuries. One person is also left with permanent brain damage.


2017 – in Alexandria, VirginiaRepublican member of Congress and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana is shot while practicing for charity baseball.




And births this date include....
1916 – Dorothy McGuire, American actress (d. 2001)
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1919 – Gene Barry, American actor (d. 2009)
... met him once... pompous arrogant narcissistic ... !
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1932 – Joe Arpaio, American law enforcement officer
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1946 – Donald Trump, American businessman, television personality and 45th President of the United States
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1961 – Boy George, British singer (Culture Club)
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All I know. Nuff said. Happy Flag Day. Happy Birthday Army. Happy Bourbon Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On June 14th, National Flag Day honors Old Glory and commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.
The holiday is a day that Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents. Representing independence and unity, the Star-Spangled Banner has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and the flag is flown proudly. 
While Betsy Ross has been given credit for stitching together the first American flag, there isn’t any sound evidence supporting the story. At the same time, there isn’t any to disprove it, either. Part of the conflict is there were several designs in consideration at the same time. There were many flag makers and more than one claim to the first. During Ross’s Revolutionary time, several standards were carried bearing red and white stripes and varying symbols where the blue field and stars now reside.
Another who laid claim to the first design was Francis Hopkinson. His request for compensation for his design was denied because others contributed to the design final design. 
Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times. For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect. In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4. President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.
Seventeen-year-old Robert G. Heft of Ohio designed the 50-star American flag. His was one of the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Many people have died protecting our country. On National Flag Day, raise the flag and fly it proudly. Spend time learning more about U.S. flag history, too. 

NATIONAL FLAG DAY HISTORY

On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14th as Flag Day. President Wilson stated, “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He also wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”     

And........ today is also......... Thank you to all who served!!! 


Every year on June 14th, the United States Army celebrates its creation in 1775.
Formed from amateur troops of volunteer soldiers defending colonies against British tyranny, the oldest military force in the United States began before the U.S. formally existed. Their forces consisted of mostly inexperienced militiamen commanded by independent colonial armies. According to battlefields.org, there were never more than 48,000 Continental soldiers at one time. Today, the United States Army consists of over one million active-duty service members and an additional 800,000 National Guard and Reserves members.
The enduring history of the U.S. Army means they have been integral to many of the United State’s military, peace-keeping and humanitarian efforts. During the Army’s Birthday, these and many advancements will be recognized through events and ceremonies.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Wish the Army a Happy Birthday and learn about the history of the oldest branch of the U.S. military. Let those who serve in the Army how important their volunteer service means to you. Other ways to salute the Army’s Birthday include:
  • Share memories of your military service in the Army.
  • Buy an Army veteran a meal or drink.
  • Donate to your favorite veteran’s organization.
  • Volunteer your time with a veteran’s organization.
  • Raise the Army colors at your home or business.
  • Exercise your right to vote.
  • Offer an Army veteran an interview when they apply for a job at your place of business.
  • Offer an Army spouse an interview when they apply for a job at your place of business.
  • Show support to a military family through deployments, moves, and transfers.

ARMY BIRTHDAY HISTORY

On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress created a Continental Army of existing militias (some that still exist today) to protect the Northern colonies from British troops.

And....... it's also.......

On June 14th, National Bourbon Day recognizes the Official Spirit of America.
Like Scotch, Cognac, and some other spirits, Bourbon must meet certain standards and be produced in a specific geographical region to earn its name. Bourbon is a whiskey that is only so when it’s distilled in the United States. To legally classify Bourbon, it must be 51 percent corn, stored in new (not aged) charred-oak barrels and distilled no more than 160 proof. Finally it must be barreled at 125 proof.
This particular whiskey derives its name from the Kentucky county, which was established in 1785 and was a large producer of corn. Back then, once the corn was distilled, it was put in barrels and stamped “Old Bourbon” and shipped down the Ohio River.
In 1964, a Congressional Resolution designated Bourbon as America’s native spirit. Since then, there is nowhere else in the world that can make a whiskey and call it Bourbon.
Bourbon’s deep roots start with the immigrants who would homestead in Kentucky. With an abundance of corn, these pioneers set their stills to work, producing a whiskey that lives on today. They also put their own stamp on the quality and flavors into their whiskey. From the oak barrels to the rich soils, Bourbon’s character continues to grow throughout the years.

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

Pour a glass of Bourbon.

Jerry used to love Wild Turkey and "Jack In The Black"... Jack Daniels!!