Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day America

This Day in Naval History - July 04

1776 - American colonies declare their independence from Great Britain.
1777 - John Paul Jones hoists first Stars and Stripes flag on Ranger at Portsmouth, N.H.
1801 - First Presidential Review of U.S. Marine Band and Marines at the White House.
1831 - U.S. concludes indemnity treaty with France.
1842 - First test of electrically operated underwater torpedo sinks gunboat Boxer.
1863 - Confederates surrender of Vicksburg, Miss., gives Union control of Mississippi River.


Anonymous said...

Actually...We declared and Congress actually voted for independence on July 2, 1776 the document was just dated July 2.

Additionally, American troops did not fight under the American Flag during the Revolution and our Founders did not really consider the flag to be of importance. In fact, the United States flag was considered so irrelevant that in 1794 when someone introduced a bill in Congress to add two stars to the flag in representation of the entrance of Vermont and Kentucky into the Union many members of the House considered it to be too trivial to pay any attention to.

The 1st performance of the U.S. Marine Band at the White House was New Years Day 1801...The Band is not the U.S. Marine Corps Band...Because none of the members are actually Marine and never went to boot camp.

Anonymous said...

The Marine Band is uniquely known as "The President's Own" because of its historic connection to the President of the United States. The relationship between the Marine Band and the White House began on New Year's Day 1801, when President John Adams invited the band to perform at the Executive Mansion. Later that year, Thomas Jefferson initiated the tradition of Marine Band performances by requesting that it perform at his inauguration. The Marine Band has played at every United States presidential inauguration since.

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

July forth, 2011, we are still free but only hanging on by the beliefs of the stalwart. It has been 235 years, and it has been a struggle. But many of us consider it an honorable struggle and will continue to pursue that effort.

Very Respectfully,