For decades now, the poem “My Name Is Old Glory” has been read at military retirements and patriotic ceremonies. Composed by an unsung Marine who served during WW II named Howard Schnauber, it expresses his feelings about the Star-Spangled Banner. In this book, Schnauber’s simple but powerful lines blend with timeless images--from a civil rights march to the Moon landing, from Iwo Jima to September 11, 2001--that capture the courage, strength, and glory embodied in our national treasure. With sidebars about significant flag-raising events, the flag acts of 1777, 1794, 1812, and 1912, flag etiquette, personal reflections about what the flag means to Americans of all ages, and much more, this is sure to be the flag book of the year.
Martha LaGuardia-Kotite, a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, is author of the four-time award-winning book, So Others May Live (Lyons Press, June 2006, CATS net shipped 9,696 hc, 5,660 pb) foreword by Tom Ridge). The book was selected for the Commandant of the Coast Guard’s professional reading list, won best adventure award for Boating Writers International and Book of the Year by the Foundation for Coast Guard History. Recently, she served as then Commandant Admiral Thad Allen’s Press Secretary during the Haiti earthquake and during his role as the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Trish Marx writes nonfiction books for children in grades K-12. Her assignments have taken her to China, Peru, Israel, Kosovo, and recently, Bangladesh. Her books have received awards and recognition such as Notable Books in the area of Social Studies, Parent’s Choice, Booklinks Best 10 Books of the Year list, and a 2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers. She is a member of PEN and the Author’s Guild