Waving Proud

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“Waving Proud” is an original oil painting by Janice Peroni, resident of the Garden State, New Jersey. Janice is a Quadriplegic and is aided by the use of a wheelchair.  Janice paints with restricted use of her arms and hands. Her paintings come alive with color and movement. Both pocket planner and greeting card were reproduced from an original oil painting by Janice Peroni for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.
“Waving Proud” is an original oil painting by Janice Peroni, resident of the Garden State, New Jersey. Janice is a Quadriplegic and is aided by the use of a wheelchair. Janice paints with restricted use of her arms and hands. Her paintings come alive with color and movement. Both pocket planner and greeting card were reproduced from an original oil painting by Janice Peroni for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork. The saying inside Janice Peroni’s greeting card, “Waving Proud”, reads: “Long may the Star Spangled Banner Wave over the land of the free And the home of the brave.”

Many of THASC’s artists’ wonderful paintings are available in both greeting cards and in pocket calendars as you see above. Janice’s depiction of Old Glory is bold and beautiful
and reminds us of the most precious gift of all in America:
OUR FREEDOM!

I remember as children we learned and recited The Pledge of Allegiance every day in our classrooms…”I pledge allegiance to the FLAG of the United States of America…” It wasn’t until recently that I learned the Pledge of Allegiance dates back to President Benjamin Harrison in 1892 who was seeking ways to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America on Columbus Day. Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist and Baptist minister, arranged for the President and Congress to announce a national proclamation which centered on an American flag ceremony. And so the Pledge was born.

Minutemen
Minutemen

Most Americans celebrate our nation’s birthday, or Independence Day, with amazing firework celebrations, but beyond the big cities of Boston, New York, Los Angeles and D.C., there are many small towns that show their patriotic colors in a big way. For example, Bristol, Rhode Island’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration established in 1785, is the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the United States. These celebrations starting on Flag Day, June 14 and concluding on July 4, give Bristol its nickname, “America’s most patriotic town.”

Up until about 15 years ago the family used to go to Block Island for its annual parade, as my sister Sara worked there and loved the small town intimacy. (Block Island is off the southern coast of Rhode Island and New York.) She always wore her famous blue and white sequined jacket ~ a real eye-catcher~ with a fabulous sequined flag on the back.
This is my favorite photo from July 4th :

My sister Sara and I ready for the parade on Block Island.
My sister Sara and I ready for the parade on Block Island.

I have since inherited that great jacket in all its glory and have worn it every year on the 4th. I just recently took it out of the closet to get ready for the big day!

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The highlight of every celebration for July 4th has to be the fireworks which we’ll talk about on Janice’s other patriotic THASC greeting card called “Lady Liberty” on Thursday.

See you then as we inch closer to the Big Celebration.

Hope you’ll have a great view for fireworks wherever you will be.

“With Liberty and Justice for ALL”

-Maria

THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.
www.thasc.com

2 thoughts on “Waving Proud

  1. dana burdick June 30, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Mara,1
    Love that jacket,it’s so Sara. Sara loved Fourth
    Of July,lt was her favorite holiday. We had to
    Say the Pledge of Allegiance,every morning when l was ln school. I think that they still say lt every morning. Fourth of July,has many places were you can go to see Some beautiful
    Fire works display. I hope you get to see,some beautiul Fireworks Maria,ln honerof Sara
    I will be thinking of her on that day,and as always. Everyone have a get Fourth of July,and l will be looking foward to marias blog on thursday, everyone write a lovely commit,don’t forget.

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    • Maria July 2, 2015 / 1:42 pm

      Dear Dana,
      Your comments are always welcomed. I look forward every July 4 to wearing her jacket. Sometimes I wear it when the Patriots are in the Superbowl as their colors are red, white and blue too!

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