Happy Birthday, US Army

Today marks two important occasions: the birthdate of the United States Army and Flag Day.

From the Miami Herald:

There will be no fireworks and no time off from work. In fact, there may not be any celebration at all. But the calendar shows that Thursday is the designated holiday to honor the stars and stripes: Flag Day.

Officially recognized for nearly a century — President Woodrow Wilson first established June 14 as Flag Day in 1916 — but long overlooked in terms of significance to most Americans, Flag Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. flag in 1777.

Bill James, manager of the American Legion post in Palmetto Bay, said he believes the holiday provides an opportunity to honor the nation’s most recognizable symbol.

“The flag is a symbol of our country and our history,” said James, 67, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam.

“It’s what soldiers die for — protecting the country, the owner of our flag. It’s to be respected, cared for and honored. The flag is a symbol of who we are.”

Indeed. One part of our nation’s brave military force protecting this symbol is the US Army. Happy birthday, soldiers.

Good In The World

I love when I come across stories like these at the end of the night:

Internet users shower dying man with letters (because he loves opening them) after appeal by nephew

Scott Widak, 47, from Plainville, Massachusetts, is suffering from liver disease and Down’s Syndrome and is spending his dying days bedridden.

A month ago his nephew, Sean O’Connor posted a message on Reddit asking if anyone wanted to write to his his uncle as he needed cheering up.

Mr O’Connor, a 27-year-old filmmaker from Boston, wrote on the Reddit forum: ‘Hey Reddit – my 47 year old uncle, Scott Widak, has Down syndrome and is terminally ill with liver disease.

‘He is currently bedridden and living out his last days at home with my 85 year old grandmother.

‘One of his favorite things to do is open mail … anyone feel like sending him a letter or card?’

The post attracted 1,300 comments and users began to request the address from Mr O’Connor and the post began to flood to Mr Widak’s home from around the world.

As Widak’s condition worsens the family opens the mail for him and reads him the letters.

9/12 STL Ongoing Coverage

I’ll be updating continuously throughout the day with photos, etc.

The Sounding Fathers:

Andre Harper, producer Kevin Conrey

Becca, Terbrock, KFTK FM News Talk 97.1

Jamie Allman, Dr. Randy Tobler, KFTK FM News Talk 97.1

Sounding Fathers

Ben Franklin, Sounding Fathers

Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots

Laura Alter sings the National Anthem.

Dick Morris

Me with David Limbaugh

PART of the crowd

Thomas Jefferson, Sounding Fathers

My co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party, Bill Hennessy

Beautiful conservatives: Marjorie Dellas, Ty, Heidi Schamburg

BigGovernment.com's Mike Flynn

Sammy Kershaw

John Hancock, Sounding Fathers

The crowd jams

Speaking to the crowds, photo courtesy @STL_Politics

You  can also follow along on Twitter.

CROWD ESTIMATE: 14k

Jim Hoft is liveblogging as well.

Bob McCarty has video coverage and a great write-up:

Keyboard Militia has some great photos.

So does Reboot Congress and MOPNS.

Great video of The Sounding Fathers performing their rocked-out rendition of “God Bless America” from Reboot Congress:

The tea party ain’t all twang, folks. (Not that twang is bad. You just … you know.)

* Video courtesy Reboot Congress of my 9/12 speech:

More Sounding Fathers (my intro, “She Sells Sancturary” by The Cult):

9/12 Under the Arch: What You Need to Know

All you need to know for the big weekend. Check for more info at the STLTP website or the TPP site.

The basic info:

Overlook Stage at the Gateway Arch

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis, MO
Sunday September 12th

12:00 pm – 4 pm

12:00 pm: Pre-show speeches and music as the crowd gathers
1:00 pm: Rally begins at the Gateway Arch
4:00 pm: Rally ends at the Gateway Arch

Emcee Jenny Beth Martin: Co-founder and National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots

  • Rep. Steve King, IA-5
  • Rep. Tom Price
  • Dick Morris
  • Dana Loesch, Host: The Dana Show / Co-founder St. Louis Tea Party
  • Bill Hennessy, Co-founder St. Louis Tea Party
  • Dr Gina Loudon, Radio Host, St. Louis Tea Party
  • Andre Harper, Author. Speaker. Patriot. AndreHarper.com
  • Stephanie Rubach, move-on-up.org
  • Mike Flynn, Editor-in-Chief BigGovernment
  • Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit
  • Dave Glover, Host, The Dave Glover Show KFTK 97.1 FM
  • Jamie Allman, Host, Allman in the Morning KFTK 97.1 FM
  • Randy Tobler, Host, Vital Signs KFTK 97.1 FM
  • Michael Prell, author of Underdogma (Due out Jan 2011)
  • Michelle Moore, Smart Girl Politics
  • Melissa Ortiz, National Co-chair Can-Do Conservatives
  • Andrew Ian Dodge, Maine Coordinator Tea Party Patriots, Dodgeblogium
  • Sammy Kershaw Country Music Star, Protect Our Coastline
  • Krista Branch ”I am America” KristaBranch.com
  • Laura Alter Star Spangled Banner Laura Alter Music.com
  • Founding Fathers (House Band) Made up of 4 Closeted Conservatives in the Music Industry
  • Kim Massie One of the most recognizable voices in St. Louis.
  • Neil E. Boyd Winner of America’s Got Talent, from Sikeston, MO
  • VENDORS, GROUPS click here

    WANT TO VOLUNTEER? sign up here (more volunteer info here)

    DRURY HOTEL SPECIAL click here

    Parking:

    MetroLink (Event Stop is Arch/Lacledes Landing)
    Park and Ride Lots St. Louis
    Park and Ride Lots IL
    Link to MetroLink Google Map with all stops

    WANT TO BE PART OF K&N’S 9/11 MEMORIAL? click here

    From Bill:

    We are less than 2 weeks away from the last major Tea Party event before the historic November 2 Election.  St. Louis has been selected as the “Gateway to November.”  We want to make our event a difference-maker in the mid-term election.

    Will you help?

    First, please tell everyone you know.  Ask them to tell their friends, too.  Ask them to check out the official event page: http://www.recyclegovernment.org/stlouis.  Ask them to Like our facebook fan page and register on the event page.  If they’re not getting our newsletter, tell them they can choose between Daily or Weekly (Monday a.m.) delivery.

    Second, you can help cover the cost of this event by sponsoring yourself or others for just $3.

    Third, you can help greatly by selling food or merchandise in a booth a table.  Just fill out this form, and we’ll get in touch with you.

    Want to help online?

    MORE info forthcoming – stay tuned!

    *Reboot Congress‘ outstanding video on 9/12: