Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Independence Day

You're a grand old flag
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave...

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers and Happy Independence Day! Mom, Dad, Chloe, Frannie the Body Guard, and I hope each of you is having a terrific Fourth of July! We love holidays - any kind of holidays - but the patriotic holidays are our very favorite! I never really understood the importance of Independence Day until our family spent time in Washington, D.C. researching our last story, Mr. Dogwood Goes to Washington. We learned that Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and other men known as our founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence - declaring our freedom from Great Britain and making us our own free country. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Now, over 200 years later, Americans still celebrate our freedom!

Chloe and I were searching on the internet for interesting facts about the United States of America. Since our latest book was filled with facts that actually had meaning, we thought we would share a few facts we didn't include in the book. A couple of these have absolutely nothing to do with anything, but are just plain fun. Here are our favorites:

1. Ohio is the birthplace of more Presidents than any other state - eight.

2. Thomas Jefferson, one of our founding fathers, is one of only two people to accomplish a so-called "triple crown": serving as Secretary of State, Vice-President, and President. (Can you name the other one who accomplished the "triple crown?")

3. The official colors of the flag are "Old Glory Red," white, and "Old Glory Blue."

4. Fireworks were originally invented in China for entertainment purposes.

5. It was once illegal to take a bath in the wintertime in Indiana.

I read that last one to Mom and she said, "Woody, don't get any ideas!"

Since the bath idea was out of the question, I asked Mom if Chloe and I could shoot off fireworks tonight. Before Mom even opened her mouth, Frannie the Body Guard stepped in and said, "Absolutely not! Too Dangerous for wiener dogs!" Our body guard runs a tight ship - always cautious when it comes to our safety. At least Mom and Frannie gave us permission to watch the fireworks tonight, but in order to do that, we have to take an afternoon nap. So, with that said, I better sign off and close my eyes!

Have a great day! Wave your American flag proudly, sing patriotic songs with all your heart, and take a bath in both summer and winter - even if you live in Indiana. Oh, and Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Should auld acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the Grand Old Flag!