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For some, it's Flag Day, a day to remember the rich history of the American flag.
For others, it's just another work day.
For me, its a day like no other in my entire life. It's the day my only son was killed in a single occupant car accident on June 14, 1997.
This is Flag Day -- marking the date in 1777 when John Adams proposed the stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States. Making flags, banners, and pennants is a nearly $5 billion annual business in the U.S.
Today we'll listen to the Census Bureau's profile on the American Flag. Then we'll turn our spotlight on three remarkable "slice of life" stories from StoryCorp, the national organization archiving real stories about real people around the United States. One story details the transference of anger, pain and suffering into good when a father is murdered. Another story describes the personal partnership of a couple in the classroom. The third story is an unusual love story that transcends the stereotypes.
And then I will share some special stories of my late son, his twin sister and his older sister, and how the bonds of family love and connection even transcend death.
This show is dedicated to the memory of my late son, Mickarl D. Thomas, Jr.
Visit the Student Safety Month section at this website for more information about preventing students from drinking and driving.
About Flag Day:
Thursday, June 14th. This is Flag Day -- marking the date in 1777 when John Adams proposed the stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States. One of many ceremonies will be held at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. It was the sight of the flag still flying there after an overnight battle with the British in the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write a poem, which became the words of the national anthem. Flag Day events often center around reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, written by Francis Bellamy and first recited in public in 1892 by schoolchildren at a Columbus Day ceremony. Making flags, banners, and pennants is a nearly $5 billion annual business in the U.S.
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6/15/2012 02:41:01 pm
Just wanted so say Hello to say that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for the loss of your son <3
Carole Copeland Thomas
6/21/2012 01:19:55 am
Thanks so much for your kind words, Debra. June 14th is never easy, but the kind words from friends and colleagues like you help me to get through that day of remembering and reflection.
6/29/2012 10:30:06 pm
I just wanted to leave a quick comment to say that your blog was nice. I found it on Google search after going through a lot of other information that was not really relevant. I thought I would find this much earlier considering how good the information is.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.