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I always look forward to daily chats with my dad. Recently, we were discussing our July 4th plans, which always includes a cookout. Our conversation naturally turned to our family members who have served our country in the military. I knew about my uncle and brother, but I didn’t know that several of my great uncles served during World War II.
When my Uncle Buck was stationed in Alaska, he learned to ski. He went on to win several skiing championships. That’s not too shabby for a South Georgia boy who had rarely seen snow.
To remember my family members who served and to honor our troops today, I make sure and display the American Flag on special holidays, including Memorial Day and 4th of July. Did you know there’s a right (and wrong) way to properly display the flag?
Properly Display the American Flag
1. The flag should be displayed to the left of the front door as you face the front door. Of course, if you are walking out the front door of your house, the flag would be on your right.
2. Fly the flag with the union (blue field of white stars) at the peak of the staff and always in the upper left-hand corner. Flying the flag with the union down is a sign of distress.
3. The flag can be displayed every day, but especially on holidays, including Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Flag Day (June 14), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day.
4. If you are displaying another flag, the American flag is always above and to the right. If you have a group of flags, the American flag is in the center and above the others.
5. In public places, such as a church or auditorium, the American flag should always be displayed to the speaker’s right.
1. Never fly another flag above the US flag!
2. Never display the flag during inclement weather (unless it’s weatherproof).
3. Never, ever let the flag touch anything beneath it, including the ground or shrubs.
4. Don’t drape the flag over cars, etc.
5. Don’t wear the flag as clothing.
6. Never draw or write on the flag.
Other Ways I Support Our Troops
I was thrilled to learn that Coca-Cola™ has partnered with the USO to provide care packages from home to soldiers overseas. The USO (United Service Organizations Inc) helps America’s military service members by keeping them connected to their family and country, while they are serving our nation.
When I was in Sam’s Club stocking up on Coca-Cola for my cookout, I decided to join in and help the USO to provide care packages from home to soldiers overseas. The patriotic, USO packaging reminded me to donate! You can also join Coca-Cola by donating to send care packages to military soldiers overseas. It’s quick and easy and I love being able to do my part in supporting our troops.
During Patriotic holidays, I have my flag displayed while my husband grills up his famous pork chops. The marinade is easy to whip up.
Marinated Grilled Pork Chops
Mix together honey, vegetable oil, cumin, apple cider vinegar and chili powder.
Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and pepper. Place in a zip-lock bag and add the marinade. Let rest on the kitchen counter for 45 minutes.
Preheat the grill and cook the pork chops for four minutes. Flip and cook for another three minutes.
Helpful Hint: Don’t overcook the pork chops. It causes them to be tough.
- 8 bone-in pork chops
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Preheat the grill to medium high.
- In a small bowl, mix the honey, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, chili powder and cumin.
- Place the pork chops in a resealable bag. Add the honey mixture.
- Let rest on the kitchen counter for an hour.
- Grill pork chops for four minutes. Flip and grill for 3-4 more minutes.
I firmly believe in honoring our military and I do everything I can to make sure my family understands the importance of supporting our troops. Please join Coca-Cola by donating to send care packages to military soldiers overseas. I did!
How do you support our troops?