Celebrating a Free Nation on Flag Day

Monday, June 14, 2021, is Flag Day, an annual holiday that celebrates the history and symbolism of our American flag.  The official American flag was adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, in the midst of the Revolutionary War.  The Declaration of Independence required the adoption of an American flag because each colony or special interest had its own flag prior to that time.   The origins of the Stars and Stripes are part of American folklore.  Many believe that Betsy Ross was the actual designer and personally sewed…

What Does It Take To Get Into Westpoint

The United States Military Academy (West Point) is one of the most prestigious and most difficult universities to be admitted to.  Since being founded on March 16, 1802, among its alumni are two U.S. Presidents, 37 State Governors, 33 Members of Congress, 20 astronauts, and 93 Rhodes Scholars.  The Academy focuses on four developmental domains: academic, physical, military, and character.  West Point seeks well-rounded candidates who demonstrate excellent academic ability (60 percent), leadership potential (30 percent), and successful Candidate Fitness Assessment (10 percent).  Upon graduation, cadets will serve five years…