Public spiritedness–and cowboy hats–are never out of season. June 14 marks Flag Day, the day set aside for commemorating the adoption of the American Flag by the Second Continental Congress on that day in 1777. President Woodrow Wilson established the tradition in 1916.
Texan in Transit
In the accompanying photo (check out our digital edition, page 18, to see the photo), Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Recruit Slayden Mcanally, of Brownwood, Texas, stands watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) while it transits the Suez Canal. Truxtun is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Barnes)
One Durable Skypiece
The hardhat seen on this issue’s cover is a real product that can be bought and used where local regulations and management permits it. Vulcan is the company that manufactures them. To quote one of their distributors: “Nothing says All-American like one of these Vulcan cowboy hardhats. Options include squeeze lock or rachet suspensions in a variety of colors. While these hardhats do meet ANSI Z89.1 type 1 requirements, we suggest checking first to make sure you can wear these on the job site.” Find yours at http://www.fullsource.com/vulcan-cowboy-hard-hats/
Word of the Month
UNUM: Adj., Latin, meaning “one.” “Unum” is the neuter form of the Latin word “una” or “unus,” which are the feminine and masculine forms of the word. Used in a figure of speech: E. Pluribus Unum, translated as “From the many, one.” Used to describe the unity of the people of the United States, a country formed by a multiplicity of ethnicities and nationalities. Get your unum on this June 14th, also known as Flag Day, by flying Old Glory and showing your fellow man that “from the many, [we are] one.”