Happy Flag Day – June 14th
Flag day is a day on which Americans commemorate the adoption of the red, white, and blue stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States of America. This holiday was initially established by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916 – proclaiming June 14th as national Flag Day.
The myth behind the origins of the flag is that, in June of 1776, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington commissioned Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross to construct a flag in anticipation of the new nation’s declaration of independence. More historically accurately, on June 14th, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Act of 1777; and its resolution – “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”. Since then, there have been 27 official variations of the flag. As more states merged with or were added to the union, stars were added to the flag to represent each state.
By displaying the Red, White, and Blue, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, or simply saluting the flag, Americans across the nation pay tribute to “Old Glory”.
Happy Flag Day!