Independence Day #241…

We’ve done this a time or two…


 And this is a rather interesting picture, taken in 1918 at Camp Dodge in Iowa.
 FACTS:Base to Shoulder: 150 feet
Right Arm: 340 feet
Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 feet
Right thumb: 35 feet
Thickest part of body: 29 feet
Left hand length: 30 feet
Face: 60 feet
Nose: 21 feet
Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet
Torch and flame combined: 980 feet
Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000Number of men in torch: 2,800
Number of men in right arm: 1,200
Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000Total men: 18,000

I wish each of you a Happy Fourth of July, where ever you may be! Enjoy the time with friends and family, and please remember our Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Soldiers spread across the globe defending our freedoms, as they have been for 241 years (well, except for the Air Force).
And there is something interesting if you’re in the Squaw Valley or Mammoth Mountain, California, area…. Due to the large snowfall, you can go SNOW skiing, on the 4th!!! Link, HERE.
“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But the U.S. ARMED FORCES don’t have that problem.” ….. Ronald Reagan


Independence Day #241… — 19 Comments

  1. Just getting all those men in place, wearing the proper colored shirt, etc., is a feat in itself. There are other type formations from Camp Dodge, too. Some officer has no other job, I believe, other than drawing up formations. Perhaps he was a college marching band instructor before being drafted.

  2. And the Air Force will be 70 years old, in September. (And we’re still flying aircraft that were made in the 1950’s, when Air Force years were still counted in single digits.) But we’re the truly intelligent service, since we send the officers out to get shot at (mostly).

    Thank you, to all my brothers-in-arms, who made this day possible. I am honored beyond measure to be counted among you.

  3. The Constitution and the rule of law was worth fighting for then and it is today.

    Let freedom ring!

    Happy Independence Day

  4. The Constitution and the rule of law was worth fighting for then and it is today.

    Let freedom ring!

    Happy Independence Day, Old NFO and everyone, everywhere

  5. CP/WSF- Wouldn’t surprise me! And I’ve seen a couple of pics from there…

    Ed- And to you, sir!

    Sam- LOL

    RS- You do have a point… And agreed on the last!

    LL- Same to you!

  6. Hey Old NFO;

    Happy BREXIT 1776 to all that frequent your blog, the guys that still walk the ramparts and to everybody else that still believes in the magic of this country.

  7. That is an incredible pic! Thanks for posting it. Hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th!

  8. Happy Independence Day all.

    I’ll forgive the mangling of a Reagan quote this once.. We can’t all be Marines 😀

  9. Brig- Thank you!

    Rev- I’ll settle for quiet. 🙂

    Bob- Amen!

    JUGM- And the same to you, Senior, and the boys!

  10. And I’ll follow it with my favorite toast in the spirit:

    “Our lives, Our fortunes, and our sacred honor”

    Cheers, gents.

  11. Regarding the Pledge, I am a Crank; I think the words ‘Under God’ should be omitted. But I think this for a reason that the Progressive/Left wouldn’t think of. The original author didn’t include them. If we like the man’s work enough to use it, we should have the decency to use what he wrote.

    Francis Bellamy was a Socialist. He was a Christian Sociality, which was at least theoretically possible when he wrote his pledge in 1892, well before experience showed that Socialism and decency were mutually exclusive. If we don’t like the pledge without ‘Under God’, we should drop Bellamy’s pledge and substitute one that doesn’t use his wording for the rest.

    But, as I’ve said, I’m a Crank.