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TYNECIA TAYLOR WILSON

Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Tynecia has recently come to know more about her Caribbean heritage and falls in love with Trinidad and Tobago the more she learns about it. A product of the Philadelphia School District, Tynecia is a recent graduate of Temple University with a B.A in Spanish and currently attaining my M.Ed in Advocacy and Organizational Development. Her passion is to help minority students and young adults learn about financial literacy, and living life to the fullest in order to achieve success, happiness and break generational curses. Tynecia also strives to show young children and adults that embracing the culture and heritage from which their parents' or grandparents come from can reveal true identity within oneself as they take on the journey to uncover the true history of one's roots.

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THE NATIONAL FLAG OF The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

After the American Revolution began, the first, unofficial national flag—known as the Continental Colours (or, sometimes, as the Grand Union Flag, the Cambridge Flag, the Somerville Flag, or the Union Flag)—was hoisted on a towering 76-foot (23-metre) liberty pole at Prospect Hill in Charlestown (now in Somerville), Massachusetts, on January 1, 1776; it was raised at the behest of Gen. George Washington, whose headquarters were nearby. The flag had 13 horizontal stripes (probably of red and white or of red, white, and blue) and, in the canton, the first version of the British Union Flag (Union Jack). As the flag of the Continental Army, it flew at forts and on naval vessels. Another popular early flag, that of the 1765 Sons of Liberty, had only nine red and white stripes. Various versions of “Don’t Tread on Me” coiled-rattlesnake flags appeared on many 18th-century American colonial banners, including several flown by military units during the Revolutionary War. The version carried by the Minutemen of Culpeper County, Virginia, for example, included not only the rattlesnake and the “Don’t Tread on Me” motto but also Virginia patriot Patrick Henry’s famous words “Liberty or Death.

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THE COAT OF ARMS

The Great Seal is a principal national symbol of the United States. The phrase is used both for the physical seal itself, which is kept by the United States Secretary of State, and more generally for the design impressed upon it. The obverse of the Great Seal depicts the national coat of arms of the United States.

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NATIONAL FLOWER - THE ROSE

The rose was designated the official flower and floral emblem of the United States of America in 1986.

The rose is a symbol of love and beauty (as well as war and politics) the world over. Each of the 50 states has also adopted an official state flower, including the rose in New York, the Oklahoma rose in Oklahoma, the Cherokee rose in Georgia, and the wild prairie rose in Iowa and North Dakota. All State Flowers

The rose has been around for about 35 million years and grows naturally throughout North America.  Roses are red, pink, white, or yellow and can have a wonderfully rich aroma.  The petals and rose hips are edible and have been used in medicines since ancient times.  Rose hips (the fruit of the rose which forms at base of the flower) are eaten in winter by wild birds and other animals.

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NATIONAL BIRD - THE BALD EAGLE

Official National Bird of the USA

The American bald eagle was adopted as the national bird symbol of the United States of America in 1782. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus) was chosen for its majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it's native to North America. All State Birds

Bald Eagle Facts

In the wild, a bald eagle will live 30-35 years (up to 50 years in captivity). A full-grown bald eagle has a wingspan up to 7 feet. They can fly up to 30 miles an hour and dive at 100 miles an hour! Eagles feed primarily on fish, supplemented by small mammals, waterfowl, and carrion.