Tuesday, July 2, 2019

U.S. Flag Trivia and a New Release

The upcoming Independence Day holiday is all about fun, food, family and celebrating America’s freedom from Britain. Here are five interesting facts about the U.S. flag you can share with your kids while waiting for the fireworks to start.

1. History states that the red, white and blue colors of the U.S. flag represent valor (red), liberty and purity (white), and justice and loyalty (blue)

2. There have been 27 official versions of the American flag, each with a different amount of stars.

3. Of the six American flags that were planted on the moon, five of them are still standing. Which one isn’t? The first one, planted by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission.

4. President Eisenhower received thousands of ideas for an updated flag when Alaska and Hawaii become states. Robert, a seventeen-year-old high school student from Ohio, submitted his version, which he created for a class project. It was accepted and remains in use today. Can you believe that Robert got a B on his project?

5. The Pledge of Allegiance has changed four times since it was composed in 1892.

Enjoy celebrating with your family, and remember the freedoms we have, especially the freedom to worship as we wish.

Since we're celebrating Christmas in July at Sweet Romance Reads, I want to tell you about Christmas Next Door, an exciting Christmas book that releases in September but is available for pre-order now.

A sweet historical Christmas romance from best-selling authors Vickie McDonough & Susan Page Davis. 

Visit an Old West Texas town where a mysterious benefactor leaves gifts each Christmas, but also where four pairs of neighbors battle hearsay, secrets, and mysteries.

THE MARSHAL NEXT DOOR by Vickie McDonough (1885)

The marshal’s deputy claims he’s seen the marshal’s young sisters snooping around businesses where there have been recent thefts. Marshal Yates can’t believe his sisters might be the thieves and seeks out a woman to mentor the impetuous teenagers. But when evidence is found in his house, will he have to arrest them at Christmastime?

THE OUTLAW NEXT DOOR by Vickie McDonough (1887)

Dane McDermott, a reformed outlaw born into a gang of thieves, has buried his past deep. As respectable business owner Dane has finally met the woman of his dreams. But when his father shows up, will it ruin his chances for love with the preacher’s daughter?

Also included:

THE SPINSTERS NEXT DOOR by Susan Page Davis (1886)

THE GUNSLINGER NEXT DOOR by Susan Page Davis (1888)

Vickie McDonough is the best-selling author of 50 Christian fiction books and novellas. Her stories are sweet romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie’s books have won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best and the Inspirational Choice awards. Find her online at www.VickieMcDonough.com


  1. Thank you for the information about our flag, Vickie. And congratulations on your new collection of Christmas romances!

  2. Interesting facts, Vickie, and these were things I didn't know. Best wishes on your new release!

  3. Thanks, Josie. I learned a few things as I researched for this post.

  4. Thanks for the interesting facts about our flag.

  5. Thanks for sharing about the flag. I've done a lot of posts on the flag, but there are always new things to learn.

  6. Interesting facts! How funny that Robert got a B on his flag project.