It's that time of year when flags sway, fireworks crackle in the distance and fans roar for freedom. The fourth of July is upon us. It was July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress. Thomas Jefferson's groundwork would lay the foundation for a new future, and a separation from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Breathtaking stuff. Almost 300 years later and we have yet to stop thanking our forefathers. And only in the passionate world of sports can we truly appreciate the American dream. As we prepare for another festive and colorful Independence Day, let's enjoy 25 shots of sports and patriotism at its best. An epic collision to say the least.
A few years ago, Gina Elise started seeing news articles about under-funded Veterans’ healthcare programs. Then, there were stories about older Veterans who lay in bed day after day, never receiving any visitors. Reports started surfacing on TV about the severe injuries sustained by our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The more she heard about the uphill battles of our Wounded Warriors, the more convinced she was of the need to produce a project that would bring in funds to support all of our hospitalized Veterans. Her late Grandpa Lou served in the army for 4 years during World War II and she wanted to do something to honor his name. She always loved the romance of those bygone eras - especially the 1940’s - and she drew inspiration from the World War II pin-up girls, whose photos and paintings boosted morale for our soldiers fighting overseas.
For those of you who don't keep up with America, July Fourth is a big thing here because that's the day the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, effectively creating the U.S.. So it's one of those more ironic than weird coincidences that one of the founding fathers and second President of the United States, John Adams, met his maker on July 4, 1826: 50 years to the day after America was born. Right before John Adams died, he muttered, "Thomas Jefferson survives," since the two enjoyed a bit of a bromance in the twilight of their lives, Jefferson of course taking the White House right after Adams. However, little did the Adams's know, Jefferson had just died a few hours prior, also on the fiftieth anniversary of American independence.
An intentionally patriotic creation who was often depicted fighting the Axis powers of World War II, Captain America was Timely Comics' most popular character during the wartime period. After the war ended, the character's popularity waned and he disappeared by the 1950s aside from an ill-fated revival in 1953. Captain America was reintroduced during the Silver Age of comics when he was revived from suspended animation by the superhero team the Avengers in The Avengers #4. Since then, Captain America has often led the team, as well as starring in his own series.
But thatever the occasion – be it New Year’s Eve, the 4th of July, the Olympics, or simply a summer festival – there’s nothing quite like a good fireworks display to brighten up the celebrations. Now just imagine these popular pyrotechnic displays reflected in a body of water like a lake for added effect. But of course you don’t have to imagine because here are 20 incredible examples of dazzling firework reflections.
This is my favorite 4th of July stories. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson received a taunting message written in secret code. Its author bragged the message would "defy the united ingenuity of the whole human race." But more than 200 years later, the code was finally cracked! David
"Those of you shopping for economically priced .223 and 5.56 ammunition may be discovering that it is getting harder and harder to find. There is significant demand for these calibers at this moment, with the US Army the main buyer of the lower-priced ammunition. From our various sources, we are hearing that the Army is bringing their reserves back up to a reasonable level in anticipation of the perceivable conflicts our military may be engaged in over the next 24 plus months." -- Are you fucking kidding me? We've been at motherfucking war for 11 years now. What the fuck?
Caylee Marie Anthony was an American two-year-old girl who was reported missing in Orlando, Florida, in July 2008, whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near her home in December 2008. Her then 22-year-old mother, Casey Marie Anthony, was tried for the first degree murder of Caylee but was acquitted. She was, however, convicted of misdemeanor counts of providing false information to police officers.
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