“…And let us never forget that in honoring our flag, we honor the American men and women who have courageously fought and died for it…”
On Saturday, June 14, 1777 the Second Continental Congress laid out the design of the “stars and stripes.”
Resolved that the flag of the thirteen united states be 13 stripes alternate red and white, that the union be 13 stars white in a blue field representing a new constellation.
A new constellation. A new hope. A new world.
Flag Day was officially proclaimed by President Wilson in 1916, celebrated on the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. It wasn’t until 1949 however when President Truman would sign an Act of Congress on August 3 establishing June 14 as Flag Day in the United States.
Flag Day is not an official federal holiday although it is celebrated with festivals and parades all designed to honor our beloved Stars and Stripes.
To celebrate Flag Day, here are a few facts about the US flag:
- The flag always flies at the White House, Fort McHenry, and the Iwo Jima memorial.
- There is no evidence that Betsy Ross designed the first American flag, but at one point, she was paid for creating “ships colours.”
- Some people believe a man named Francis Hopkinson helped design the original flag.
- There are still five American flags on the moon, but they are all probably bleached white due to radiation from the sun.
- When two or more flags are flown on the same pole, the American flag must be at the top.
- The colors of the flag have important meanings: red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice.