FOURTH OF JULY 2017 – USA HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY HD IMAGES, QUOTES, PHOTOS, MESSAGES, GREETINGS & WALLPAPERS

FOURTH OF JULY 2017 – USA HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY HD IMAGES, QUOTES, PHOTOS, MESSAGES, GREETINGS & WALLPAPERS

  USA Independence Day 2017 History, National Anthem, National Pledge, National Flag

USA Independence Day 2017 History, National Anthem, National Pledge, National: USA Independence Day is celebrated on Fourth of July (or 4th July) every year by all Americans. On 4th of July’ 1776, we claimed/got our independence from British Empire and declare the United States of America as an Independent Nation. Well, In fact, it was neither the day that represents the Declaration of Independence of America from the British Empire nor the day when even the American Revolution (also referred as American war of Independence) had started which was already started in April 1775 and lasted till 1783.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence on June 1776 and not on 4th July’ 1776 and the same declaration was not delivered to Great Britain until November 1776.There is still a controversy regarding the date of United States of America. Many historians believe that the Declaration of Independence was signed on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4th, 1776 as is commonly believed by all of us.

4th July’ 1776 was merely the date when the Continental Congress approved the final wording (with all necessary changes and editing) of the draft (which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, Mr. Thomas Jefferson being its principal author) of the declaration of Independence of America. However, 4th July’ 1776 was considered as the day of legal separation of Thirteen colonies from the British Empire and the union which later became The United States of America for the first time. That is why we all celebrate 4th of July as Independence day.

“USA National Pledge/Pledge of  Allegiance”

USA Independence Day 2017 History, National Anthem, National Pledge

The National Pledge or the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America actually an expression of Allegiance to the National Flag of the USA and its republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. It was originally composed in 1887 by Colonel George Balch and then in 1892, it was revised by Francis Bellamy and then in 1945, it was formally adopted by Congress as the national Pledge. This Pledge of Allegiance has been amended only once so far in 1954 Flag Day with the addition of the words “under God”.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.”

“USA National Flag”

The Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution on 14th June’ 1777 which stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union is thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” That is why every year 14th June is observed as Flag Day of USA.

USA Independence Day 2017 History, National Anthem, National Pledge

The National Flag of the United States of America is consists of the following:

  1. A thirteen alternating red and white equal horizontal stripes starts with red and also ends with the red (represent the union of 13 original Colonies that declared independence from the British Empire to became the first States of U.S)
  2. A blue rectangle in the left upper corner or canton with bearing 50 small, five-pointed white stars (representing the 50 States of U.S.A) arranged in 9 offset horizontal rows with rows of six stars alternate with rows of five stars.
  3. Each colour on the flag represents something such as red represents Valor and bravery, White represents Purity and innocence while Blue represents Vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
  4. It is also known by these nicknames i.e. The Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and The Star-Spangled Banner.
  5. There are the following few locations where the U.S. flag is flown 24 hours a day, by either presidential proclamation or by law:a) Fort McHenry, National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore, Maryland
    b) Flag House Square, Baltimore, Maryland
    c) The United States Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington, Virginia
    d) On the Green of the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts
    e) The White House, Washington, D.C.
    f) United States customs ports of entry
    g) Grounds of the National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge State Park, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Please note: According to U.S. Flag Code, whenever an American flag appears worn or otherwise no longer appropriate for display, you should destroy it in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

“USA National Anthem”

The National Anthem of the United States of America was officially adopted by the Congress in 1931 under the title of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The National Anthem of USA consists of 4 verses, but mainly it is the first verse of the anthem which is mostly sung.  Here below is the English lyrics of  USA National Anthem (The Star Spangled Banner).

1. Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thru the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

USA Independence Day 2017 History, National Anthem, National Pledge

2. On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

3. And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out of their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

4. Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

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