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Passing Freedom on to the Next Generation

Embracing Freedom...

Karen and Jay share thoughts on the importance of passing freedom on to the next generation of Americans.

As Ronald Reagan famously warned:


“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

We as Americans are immensely privileged to be living in the freest nation that has ever been created.  Where freedom of speech, freedom to worship and individual rights are in the air that we breathe. However, with this privilege also comes an immense responsibility.  We not only need to safeguard these freedoms and hold them sacrosanct, but we also need to teach our children and grandchildren about these freedoms and imbue them with a sense of appreciation such that they will do as previous generations before them have also done.  That is to embrace our freedoms, fight ferociously to defend them and preserve America as the bastion of freedom – where the rights of the individual are revered and where America can continue in its role as the shining model of hope for the rest of the world to see. 

Ensuring that the next generation inherits the legacy of freedom isn't just a noble pursuit—it's absolutely vital for upholding the core values and principles of American society. Freedom lies at the heart of democracy, enabling individuals to chase their aspirations, voice their opinions, and contribute to shaping the destiny of the nation. As stewards of this precious heritage, it falls upon us to guarantee that the opportunities and liberties we cherish today are passed down intact to future generations.

A practical approach to passing on freedom to the next generation involves prioritizing education. By educating young minds on the significance of freedom, democracy, and civic engagement, we arm them with the knowledge and insight necessary to become well-informed and active participants in society. This can be achieved through incorporating civics education into school curricula, community initiatives, and family conversations that underscore the rights and responsibilities intrinsic to a free society.

Another crucial step is setting an example. As adults, we bear the responsibility of embodying the values of freedom, tolerance, and respect for diversity in our everyday lives. By demonstrating these principles through our actions and choices, we impart a positive influence on the upcoming generation, instilling within them a profound understanding of the importance of safeguarding freedom for posterity.

Moreover, active engagement in the democratic process is fundamental for preserving freedom and ensuring its continuity. Encouraging young people to register to vote, participate in elections, and advocate for causes they believe in empowers them to make a tangible impact and shape the future trajectory of their communities and country. By nurturing a culture of civic involvement and democratic participation, we empower the next generation to become guardians of freedom and champions of democracy.

Passing on the legacy of freedom to future generations is a shared responsibility that rests upon the shoulders of all Americans. Through a concerted focus on education, leading by example, and promoting active engagement in civic life, we can guarantee that the blessings of liberty are passed down intact to those who come after us. In doing so, we pay homage to the sacrifices of our forebears and fulfill our duty to safeguard freedom for the generations yet to come.

Building Flags for Freedom!

Flags of Valor and a major school district are coming together to help more than 3,000 first-graders’ get a real life appreciation for our flag and for the freedom that it stands for.  On May 22nd, all of the first-grade students throughout 31 schools in Loudon County, Virginia, will be participating in a flag building exercise. 

The flag building kits are being supplied by Flags of Valor, a veteran founded firm that is the leading producer of highly crafted wooden, painted American flags made by veterans – but is also the leading supplier of flag building kits for kids.  Most important, each one of the flag building kits also contains a booklet containing lessons about America, our history, our values – and yes, the freedom that we hold dear!

A major focus of this exercise will incorporate the role of Memorial Day and teaching our children that this a very special time of remembrance and appreciation.  Deep gratitude and respect, honoring those who have gone before us and sacrificed to defend our freedom.  Moreover, this will not simply be a ‘one-time event,’ as the lessons and the exercise are being built into the ongoing school curriculum going forward.

If you would like to learn more about this great event – or even better, if you would like to get involved, purchase a flag building kit or even sponsor a classroom to receive flag building kits, please visit the website at:  Or if you have a question or an idea about these ‘freedom kits’ – or have a creative idea you’d like to share, please feel free to write directly to

Hall of Flags – Honoring Freedom at the State House

The New Hampshire Hall of Flags stands as a poignant tribute to the state’s rich history, displaying a collection of flags that chronicle its evolution from colonial times to the present day. Located within the New Hampshire State House in Concord, the Hall of Flags serves as a visual narrative of the state’s journey, showcasing flags that have represented New Hampshire’s various military units, regiments, and historical periods.


The Hall of Flags features an impressive array of banners, each with its own story to tell. Among the most significant are the flags carried by New Hampshire soldiers during pivotal moments in American history, such as the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and both World Wars. These flags symbolize the courage, sacrifice, and patriotism of the men and women who served their state and country in times of conflict.


One of the most iconic flags on display is the Sullivan Flag, named after Revolutionary War hero General John Sullivan. This flag, believed to have been carried by Sullivan’s troops during the Battle of Bennington in 1777, is revered as a symbol of New Hampshire’s role in the struggle for independence.


In addition to military flags, the Hall of Flags also showcases banners representing various aspects of New Hampshire’s cultural heritage, including flags of Native American tribes, early settlers, and state symbols. These flags offer a glimpse into the diverse tapestry of people and communities that have shaped the Granite State over the centuries.


The Hall of Flags serves not only as a repository of historical artifacts but also as a place of reflection and remembrance. Visitors to the State House can explore the exhibits, learning about the significance of each flag and the stories behind them. For many, the experience is a chance to connect with the past and gain a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made by previous generations.


In addition to its role as a museum, the Hall of Flags also serves as a venue for special events, ceremonies, and commemorations. From military reunions to citizenship ceremonies, the space provides a fitting backdrop for honoring the contributions of veterans, celebrating milestones, and fostering a sense of community pride.


The New Hampshire Hall of Flags stands as a testament to the state’s storied past and enduring spirit. Through its diverse collection of flags and historical artifacts, the Hall preserves and celebrates the legacy of those who have shaped New Hampshire’s history, ensuring that their contributions are remembered and honored for generations to come.

Positive Profile of the Week: Todd Angilly

This week we are delighted to highlight a truly inspirational and patriotic spirit, Todd Angilly.


Todd is renowned as the anthem singer for the Boston Bruins, where his powerful renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” have become a staple of pre-game rituals at the TD Garden. Born and raised in Boston, Angilly’s journey to becoming the beloved voice of the Bruins began with a deep passion for music and performance.


Moreover, he has developed a real connection and fan base in the Granite State as he has volunteered his time to a wonderful cause – performing as the singer of the national anthem at the annual ‘Battle of the Badges’ hockey game in Manchester – where the proceeds benefit CHaD – the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.


By way of background, Angilly’s rise to prominence as the Bruins’ anthem singer was a blend of talent, opportunity, and sheer determination. His resonant bass-baritone voice and emotive delivery captured the hearts of fans, players, and staff alike. His performances not only set the tone for the game but also served as a unifying force, rallying fans behind the team with patriotic fervor.


Beyond his regular appearances at Bruins games, Angilly has been involved in various charitable endeavors, leveraging his platform to make a positive impact in the community. He has participated in numerous charity events, fundraisers, and outreach programs, using his talent to raise awareness and support for causes close to his heart.


One notable example of Angilly’s philanthropic efforts is his involvement with organizations dedicated to supporting veterans and military families. Recognizing the sacrifices made by servicemen and women, Angilly has lent his voice to events honoring veterans, raising funds for veteran support services, and boosting morale among active-duty personnel through special performances.


In addition to his charity work, Angilly has also collaborated with the Bruins organization on initiatives aimed at inspiring and empowering youth. Whether through school visits, youth hockey programs, or motivational speeches, Angilly has been a positive role model for young fans, encouraging them to pursue their dreams with passion and dedication.


Angilly’s impact extends beyond the confines of the hockey arena, as his performances have garnered widespread acclaim and earned him a dedicated fan base both locally and nationally. His rendition of the national anthem has become synonymous with the Bruins’ identity, evoking a sense of pride and unity among fans of all ages.


Todd Angilly’s journey from a passionate performer to the anthem singer for the Boston Bruins is a testament to his talent, perseverance, and commitment to community service. Through his stirring performances and charitable endeavors, Angilly has left an indelible mark on the Bruins’ organization and the Boston community as a whole, embodying the spirit of dedication, patriotism, and compassion.

Quotes of the Week:  Passing Freedom on to the Next Generation

"The greatest legacy we can pass on to our children is the gift of freedom — the freedom to think, to speak, and to pursue their dreams." - George W. Bush


"Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity." - Herbert Hoover


"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." – Aristotle

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." - Mahatma Gandhi


"The freedom to be yourself is a gift only you can give." - Deng Ming-Dao


"Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives." - Thomas Berry


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