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Sixth State Chooses the SAME ‘State Animal’…and It Is AWESOME

No one with a heart is complaining about the overlap.

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For many US locales, the idea of official “state birds” and official “state trees” is little more than a symbolic gesture meant to deepen the identity of the particular territory.

The list of “official” state animals, for instance, is a smorgasbord of iconic creatures whose relation to the area is intrinsic in both history and in popular culture.  For instance, Georgia has the Brown Thrasher as their state bird – a designation that inspired a now-gone NHL hockey team as well as a delicious coffee brand.  Texas has given honors to both the Nine-banded Armadillo and the Texas Longhorn, both wholly iconic in the state.

And, really; could Alaska have picked anything other than a Moose for their “state mammal”?

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But there is another animal out there who has now become the official “state animal” of six states here in America, and no one is complaining about the overlap.

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As a means of raising awareness for animal adoption, the state of Ohio has just made shelter pets their state animal.

The designation was officially instated last week after the Ohio Senate approved Senate Bill 86.

Ohio is not the first to pass such legislation advocating for animal adoption; Colorado, California, Georgia, Illinois, and Tennessee have all made shelter pets their official state animal, and Texas and Oregon are currently considering similar measures, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The plight of shelter pets around the nation is a heart wrenching problem in many parts of the United States, with unwanted animals being dumped not only at shelters and pounds, but out in the wild as well.

And, personally, as the owner of the most precious rescued pitbull in the entire world, [Author’s note:  This is a fact…I don’t care what Snopes says], I can only hope to see other states make similar strides to better the lives of these once-forgotten animals.

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Craft Beer Customers Leave Unopened Can of Pale Ale on Bar for Fallen Soldiers

The gesture did not go unnoticed.

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There really isn’t anything more American than craft beer. Before the experiment called “prohibition”, America was home to well over 2,500 breweries, with a vast majority of these businesses being family-operated and neighborhood-focused.  The banning of alcohol in the early 20th century brought this number down to around a half dozen or so companies, nearly all of whom converted their factories to produce medicine or dairy products in order to survive. Now, thanks to the resurgence of craft beer, Americans have their choice of nearly 4,000 smaller breweries to buy their swill from. And this doesn’t include brands like Coors, Miller, or Budweiser, who have all been gobbled up by giant, foreign conglomerates, making them no longer American-owned companies. In Atlanta, Georgia, the undisputed king of craft beer is Sweetwater – a brand usually focused on recreation and leisure. As visitors experience the brewery’s newly renovated taproom over Memorial Day Weekend, something special and spontaneous happened. To that, we simply say “cheers”.

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Total Strangers Gather to Celebrate Life of Korean War Vet on Memorial Day Weekend

America has not forgotten those who sacrificed it all for our freedom.

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Amid the barbecues and Budweisers, it can be difficult to temper our Memorial Day celebrations with the true reason for the remembrance. Those of us with a three day weekend are likely gassing up the boat, gathering our grill supplies, and lathering on the sunscreen in anticipation of Memorial Day – a holiday that is far too often relegated to the realm of “hey it’s summer”-style shenanigans. We mustn’t ever forget why we have the day off, however. Memorial Day is truly a day of solemn reflection on those we’ve lost in the line of American military duty – a fact that is all too often overshadowed by these celebrations. But not for the fine people of Ohio, who showed the world what compassion is all about this weekend. A public call for mourners to attend the Ohio funeral of an unaccompanied 90-year-old Korean War veteran Saturday resulted in an overwhelming response. “It being Memorial Day weekend it was the right thing to do to come up and honor his life,” Suzanne Koehne told Fox 19. She attended the funeral in Cincinnati after driving nearly 100 miles to get there from Louisville, Kentucky. The turnout was incredible. An estimated 400 strangers, like Koehne, showed up to pay final respects to Army veteran Hezekiah Perkins whose only family, a daughter, couldn’t make it because of poor health, Fox 19 and other media reported. The gesture is just another reminder of the inherent greatness of the American public, and their reverence for those who sacrificed it all for our freedoms.

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