My Name Is Old Glory: A Celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner

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A deeply moving and beautifully illustrated tribute to a beloved poem and the bicentennial of "The Star-Spangled Banner" "Our flag's journey has been long. It has seen our nation through war and peace, triumph and tragedy. It flew above the walls of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, at the outset of the Civil War. It stood on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II. During the Civil Rights Movement, determined protesters on the streets of Selma, Alabama, proudly displayed its colors. Following ...

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Overview

A deeply moving and beautifully illustrated tribute to a beloved poem and the bicentennial of "The Star-Spangled Banner" "Our flag's journey has been long. It has seen our nation through war and peace, triumph and tragedy. It flew above the walls of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, at the outset of the Civil War. It stood on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II. During the Civil Rights Movement, determined protesters on the streets of Selma, Alabama, proudly displayed its colors. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Old Glory flew over the southwestern wall of the Pentagon and the rubble of the World Trade Center. The Stars and Stripes tells our nation's story and embodies its highest ideals. Its display reminds us of America's promise and guides us toward a brighter tomorrow."—President Barack Obama, June 14, 2009 "Some of my earliest recollections are of my grandfather raising the national ensign outside his home at 0800 every morning. He was a World War I veteran, member of the local VFW, retired blue-collar worker from the 'rust belt' region of the country. On occasion I became his color guard, marching alongside him from the side door to the flag pole. He taught me how to attach and raise the ensign, salute, and respect our country's flag. When he died I was still too small to help carry his casket; instead I marched in front of the procession, once again his color guard. Old Glory ties me and my family to the long line of patriotic citizens that served our country in war and peace." —Capt. Matt Gimple, Commanding Officer, USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715), Ohio "This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation . . . silent, it speaks to us—speaks to us of the past, or the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it."—President Woodrow Wilson, June 14, 1917

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762779062
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 801,521
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha LaGuardia-Kotite, a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, is author of the four-time award-winning book, So Others May Live (Lyons Press, June 2006, CATS net shipped 9,696 hc, 5,660 pb) foreword by Tom Ridge). The book was selected for the Commandant of the Coast Guard's professional reading list, won best adventure award for Boating Writers International and Book of the Year by the Foundation for Coast Guard History. Recently, she served as then Commandant Admiral Thad Allen's Press Secretary during the Haiti earthquake and during his role as the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Trish Marx writes nonfiction books for children in grades K-12. Her assignments have taken her to China, Peru, Israel, Kosovo, and recently, Bangladesh. Her books have received awards and recognition such as Notable Books in the area of Social Studies, Parent's Choice, Booklinks Best 10 Books of the Year list, and a 2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers. She is a member of PEN and the Author's Guild

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    I have had the privilege of serving with Martha Laguardia-Kotite

    I have had the privilege of serving with Martha Laguardia-Kotite in the Coast Guard and her heartfelt passion for her country comes out clearly in this simple yet powerful look at our Nation's flag. The poem Old Glory is a wonderful opening for the historical information that follows. The pictures do an amazing job of supporting the text that describes the role of the American Flag in our history dating back to the founding of the country and through many of the more recent trials that tested the resolve of our Nation. The book captivated my eight and five year old and had them looking forward to their evening stories like few books before. It is a book that I am proud to have in my home and I could not offer a stronger recommendation to anyone who wants to instill the values of our great Nation in their children.

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