July 4th is the American holiday to celebrate their independence from Great Britain in 1776.
The photos above and below were taken in Houlton, Maine
July 22, 2012.
Canada and Canadians have very close personal ties to the USA including the longest undefended border in the world.
The War of Independence led to thousands of Loyalists, those loyal to the British crown, leaving the US and settling in Canada.
We have travelled across the border freely to visit, work and live during the last 237 years.
Even though a very long border separates us I am very thankful for the peace and friendship that our two countries share.
May it always be so.
I found this American flag in the attic recently.
It has 49 stars. The last year for the American flag to have 49 stars was in 1959 when Alaska joined the USA. This 49 star flag was only around for one year as Hawaii joined in 1960 thus adding one more star to make 50.
This flag measures about 17 " x 11 1/2 " and is on a wooden dowel that is 37 inches long with a plastic gold finial on the top.
Just a little piece of American history that's been around for
54 years. In the attic.
I wish all my American readers a fun and safe July 4th!