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 Monday.

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, I will."
-- 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!

With the online 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 information.

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 in touch.

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®


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 America's halls
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 Forest, Anzio,
Rome and the beaches of Normandy, Guam. Okinawa, Korea and KheSan.

Saigon, Vietnam, now me, I was there. I led my troops, I was dirty,
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 the uncharted
frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon. I have borne
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 wounded comrades
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.


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