Our Weekly Message for April 9, 2003
Greetings special friends,
We just returned from New Mexico to judge their
wonderful state competition and had 70º weather
one day and snow flurries the next! It was quite a
surprise in Santa Fe to see snow flurries on
Here are some thoughts for the day:
"There is a millionaire inside of you...you decide
who wins." -- Doug Firebaugh
"Now is the only time there is. Make your now wow,
your minutes miracles, and your days pay. Your
life will have been magnificently lived and
invested, and when you die you will have made a
difference." -- Mark Victor Hansen
"No matter what you have done to this moment, you
get 24 brand-new hours to spend every single day."
-- Brian Tracy
"Don't say, "If I could, I would." Say, "If I can,
-- Jim Rohn
We have posted the tentative contest dates for
2004 on the ADTS
Contest Page so make sure to mark your
calendars now. We will be confirming some of the
dates within the next few weeks. Check out the
results from our
2003 National/International Championship!
camp pre-registration form, many camps are
starting to fill. The 2003 Summer Camp brochure
was mailed last week. If you are a director and
have not received your brochure, please e-mail
your school address and we will put one in the
mail to you right away. In the meantime, directors
can resource the
Directors Corner on our web site for more
As our men and women in uniform are fighting for
freedom, most Americans become more patriotic. I
see more flags flying and hanging everywhere along
with yellow ribbons to let our troops know we want
them to return safely home. A special friend sent
the passage about Old Glory below. I hope that you
will take the time to read it and ponder our
values in freedom.
Have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep
Joyce E. Pennington
I AM THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
I am the flag of the United States of America. My name
is Old Glory. I
fly atop the world's tallest buildings. I stand watch in
of justice. I fly majestically over institutions of
learning. I stand
guard with power in the world. Look up and see me.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice. I stand for
freedom. I am
confident. I am arrogant. I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners, my head is a
little higher, my
colors a little truer.
I bow to no one! I am recognized all over the world. I
am worshipped - I
am saluted. I am loved - I am revered. I am respected -
and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war for more then
200 years. I
was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and
Appamatox. I was there
at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, in the Argonne
Rome and the beaches of Normandy, Guam. Okinawa, Korea
Saigon, Vietnam, now me, I was there. I led my troops, I
battleworn and tired, but my soldiers cheered me and I
was proud. I was
in the Desert Storm and now I'm in the sand storms of
Iraq. I have been
burned, torn and trampled on in the streets of countries
I have helped
set free. It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on
the streets of my
country. And when it's by those whom I've served in
battle - it hurts.
But I shall overcome - for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over
frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon. I
silent witness to all of America's finest hours. But my
finest hours are
yet to come.
When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my
on the battlefield, When I am flown at half-mast to
honor my soldier, Or
when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at
the grave of
their fallen son or daughter, I am proud.
MY NAME IS OLD GLORY LONG MAY I WAVE.