June 14th is Flag Day! Many communities celebrate this historical day with parades and programs, with flag displays and demonstrations - on folding, raising and lowering, retiring, and rules of our flag.
This historic day originated on June 14, 1777 when the Continental Congress voted to adopt a flag for our new nation, the United States of America. The flag “shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, with a union of 13 stars of white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
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In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed June 14th as Flag Day. In 1949, Congress passed an Act establishing the day as a national holiday.
Since that day in 1777, our country’s flag has flown over or been carried through numerous trials and tragedies throughout the world. It represents our liberty and our freedom. It deserves our respect.
As the US Flag Code states “The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.” (4 USC Sec. 8 – Respect For Flag)
This June 14th fly your flag and take some time to learn something new about it (a poem, a story, or a piece of trivia) and share it with others. Show respect for our flag and share that with others.
More US Flag links:
American Flag Poems
Displaying the US Flag
Flag Display Days
Pledge of Allegiance
This Piece of Cloth
The US Flag and It’s Meaning
US National Anthem – The Star Spangled Banner
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