4th of July

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by von Poop, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Happy 4th of July to our American members.


    Photo from here.
  2. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    A proud day indeed :patriot[1]:
  3. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    Well, the missus went to a ball at the ambassador's home (local Federal employee, ye know), so I guess there is a rather blurry link (but link it is) with the lads up north.

    Consequently, I will blow out the candles on a doughnut (would rather have a cupcake with lemon icing) in their honour :)

  4. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    And they are completely waterproof!
  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  6. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    May you long keep secure your Rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness :)
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  7. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    Why thank you there good sir! With all the hoopla and craziness going on around here these days, I do certainly hope that we don't let you down and waste the gracious tidings that you wished upon us for our glorious 239th birthday! God bless you, and the USA!

    To Hell with Al Gore, I'm firing up the BBQ pit today!
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  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  9. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    A Tradition in my American Cousin's home is to watch the film "Independence Day".

    What could be more apt!

  10. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    On behalf of all of us in the ex-colonies, I'd like to thank all the rest of you for the birthday wishes. So, God Save the Queen, Advance Australia Fair, O Canada, Oranje Boven, Viva Italia, Vive la France, and whatever they say elsewhere on the national holidays.
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  11. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Thought this might be interesting both sides of the pond.

    Every year the very small town that I live in holds a festival weekend around the end of June, literary festival garden festival, music festival, etc., which culminates on the Sunday with a 'family fun day and childrens parade'. This year the latter was today. One of my grandsons took part; theme for his play group; Broadway. What?

    So, the parade passes by; majorettes, cheerleaders, yellow cabs (made out of cardboard), NYPD cops uniforms worn, musicals of Broadway, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, US Paratrooper on stilts, hundreds of American flags, etc. What, what, what? I know it was the 4 July yesterday but has no-one got a proper sense of history... I mean, we didn't win.

    Then it struck me. It is 350 years last month since our very small town's most famous son, Colonel Richard Nicholls, demanded and took the surrender of Nieuw Amsterdam from the Dutch. Nieuw Amsterdam became New York, which he named after his patron the Duke of York (later to become King James II). Officially, the date of this event was 8 September 1664. However, there was a second Anglo-Dutch War and one of the consequences of this was that in June 1665 Nieuw Amsterdam was reincorporated under English law as New York City.

    Colonel Nicholls remained Governor of New York City for 3 years, before returning home. He was killed at the sea battle of Sole Bay (Southwold) in 1672, ironically he was hit by a Dutch cannon ball. He is buried in the very small town where I live, with the fateful cannonball being preserved as a part of his monument.


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  12. smdarby

    smdarby Well-Known Member

    Very interesting. Other US/Dutch stuff:

    When the Dutch established New Amsterdam there was an island close by that was overrun with rabbits, so they called it "konijn" island (rabbit island). Over time it became anglicized to Coney Island.

    Staten Island was named after the staten-Generaal, the Dutch parliament.
  13. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    "Even old New York,
    Was once New Amsterdam,
    Why they changed it I can't say,
    People just liked it better that way."

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  14. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    One of our Ex Para Members and Falklands Veteran organised a Para Day for the 4th July at our Legion premises and several brought some items of memorabilia including a Parachute.

    I took a few photos of our meeting room that they set up with their gear.

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    Hope you enjoy the photos.


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  15. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Lovely photos Tom. Thank you for posting.

  16. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Have a good Independence Day
  17. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    50 years

    4th July 1966 I started work at Mars Confectionery, Slough. I was there for 33 years
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  18. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

  19. Puttenham

    Puttenham Well-Known Member

    Injustice equals chaos. To this very day, leaders have yet to learn this.

  20. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

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