Three things have stayed with me on this date for 45 years.
Today is Flag Day. In the United States, we celebrate Flag Day on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. The United States Army also celebrates the United States Army birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American Continental Army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Our beautiful flag has been carried by the bravest of Americans through swamps and rivers and deserts in foreign wars. Her colors wave over the USS Arizona, she flies on top of ships and buildings, even sits proudly on the moon, and still commands respect. I love our flag. It is a beautiful symbol of freedom and strength.
Today is my dear friend Bobbie’s birthday! In 1967 when I was just 11 years old, my family moved to the next town. Bobbie was my first friend. She was a year older than I was, and had a slight southern accent; they had come to northern New Jersey from Mobile, Alabama. She had long blonde hair in pigtails that went all the way past her waist. She did not wear shoes, and she loved life. She was the second of six children, the oldest daughter, and was everything to me. I don’t think she ever knew how much I depended on her and needed her. Anyway, for a few years she was my very best friend in the universe, and although we haven’t seen each other in about 40 years, I think of her every year on this date. Happy Birthday, Bobbie, I love you!
Since this was recorded a year after we met, I thought I would put this in. Remember this Bobbie? The quality isn’t great, but the times were!
But the greatest thing about today is that today I am 25 years old in Christ! This is the day that I turned my life over to Jesus and was born again. I have never wanted to go back to life without Him. When I was baptized five years ago my entire life changed. Some people worry that they won’t be able to have fun anymore if they choose a Christian life. I have had more fun now than I ever did before, I have the funniest, and most sincere of friends, I know that I will never be alone again. Funny, I don’t feel even as old as 25! Living a life devoted to Jesus has made me feel younger and younger. I’d say I’m about 18 now. I can see myself doing all sorts of things someone my age would shy at. I am going to Heaven someday, and there isn’t anything that can change that! So Happy Birthday to Me!! God bless you, dear Reader, have a beautiful day!