George W. Bush spoke to an Independence Day crowd in Morgantown, West Virginia on July 4, 2005. The President told the estimated 3,000 people at West Virginia University that “the revolutionary truths of the Declaration are still at the heart of America.”
-from the George W. Bush Library
“Liberty is a living flame to be fed, not dead ashes to be revered, even in a Bicentennial year.”
-Gerald R. Ford
President Ford stands at attention while Marines present the flag prior to delivering his remarks on American Independence at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1976.
-from the Gerald R. Ford Library
On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway died at the age of 61. Though he and President Kennedy never met, President Kennedy more than once expressed his admiration for Hemingway and his work.
In a statement on Hemingway’s death, President Kennedy said, “Few Americans have had a greater impact on the emotions and attitudes of the American people than Ernest Hemingway…he almost single-handedly transformed the literature and the ways of thought of men and women in every country in the world.”
President Kennedy headed to Italy as his final stop on his major tour of Europe. His trip included a private visit with Pope Paul VI in the Vatican. Though we don’t have any photos of the papal visit, we do have this great image of JFK visiting the Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome. 7/1/1963.
-from the JFK Library
First Lady Flags
After noticing the national flags flying on diplomats’ cars as they arrived at the White House as well as the American and Presidential flags displayed on the President’s car, Betty Ford had a question: “If the President gets flags, why shouldn’t the First Lady?”
In answer Dick Hartwig, then the head of Mrs. Ford’s Secret Service detail, and Rick Sardo, the White House Marine Corps aide, presented her with this specially designed flag on June 24, 1975. Sarah Brinkerhoff, a friend of Hartwig, handmade the pennant for the First Lady’s limousine.
Made of blue satin and trimmed in white lace with blue and red stars, the flag features a pair of red and white bloomers in the center as a play on Mrs. Ford’s maiden name, Bloomer. White text above the bloomers reads, “Don’t Tread on Me.” The letters “E.R.A.” below stand for the Equal Rights Amendment, an indication of Mrs. Ford’s strong support for the proposed amendment that would have given women equality under law through the United States Constitution.
Although it had been designed for her car Mrs. Ford kept the flag on display on her desk in the East Wing.
-from the Ford Library
First Lady Pat Nixon and President Richard Nixon reviewing supplies bound for Peru, June 28, 1970.
Mrs. Nixon organized a relief effort for Peru after a 7.9 “Great Peruvian Earthquake” occurred on May 31, 1970. She flew with a cargo plane loaded with aid supplies, and visited the hospitals, relief centers and hardest hit disaster areas. She was later awarded The Grand Cross of the Order of the Sun by the President of Peru, the highest honor and oldest historic medal Peru (and South America) bestows for valor. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Identifier: C3777-11A.
-from the Nixon Library
You are the citizens of tomorrow—not just this graduating class, but thousands of other high school graduating classes in every state of the Union.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Delivering a High School Commencement Address. Arthurdale, West Virginia. 6/27/1938.