Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Mother of Four in Kansas can be found on page 12.
President Hoover signed a congressional resolution declaring the “Star Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States, although the song had been used in an official capacity since 1889. Prior to March 1931, two other songs were also considered national anthems, “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful.”
The “Star Spangled Banner” was a poem written on September 4, 1814 following the Battle of Baltimore by Francis Scott Key. Key, after having witnessed the naval assault on Baltimore Harbor as a captive on a British ship, was inspired to write the poem after seeing a large flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes still flying after the end of the battle. This flag was nick named the Star Spangled Banner, and was made by Mary Young Pickersgill, and is on display at the Smithsonian.
There’s something nostalgic about the “Star Spangled Banner” and studying the early wars after American independence. It reminds me of elementary school and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every morning around the flag pole. IT remind me of watching or marching in the band at the annual Homecoming and Fourth of July Parades. Those are memories I want my children to share.
I can't help but be a bit envious of the community that Mrs. B. F. C. describes in her Letter to the Editor. I grew up in a small city and have lived in Denver for the last 6 years, and I can honestly say that I long to move back to a small, boring town. I miss the sense of community that you don't find the big city. The kind of community that comes together to solve a problem felt by only a few, like Mrs. B. F. C.'s small town did, and by doing so not only solved the problem but benefited the entire community. I'll admit that I enjoy the opportunities a large city offers, but I miss that feeling of connection outside of my circle of friends.
Piecing itself is pretty simple and straight forward, just pay attention to what you’re doing. For some reason my A pieces turned out not to be completely square, they’re more rectangleish. Oh well, at least they’re uniformly misshapen.!
A (4) 2 x 2
B (12) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4"
C (4) 1 1/ x 2 1/2"
D (4) 1 1/2 2 1/2"
E (4) 2 x 2"