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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

America's Flag

This Day in History: June 14, 1777

American flag image
On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated: "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." Flag Day is now observed on June 14 of each year.
Beginning as the "Grand Union" flag, through the years that followed the American flag became known as "Red, White and Blue," the "Star-Spangled Banner," the "Stars and Stripes," and "Old Glory," each carrying with it significant meaning. After declaring independence, a new star and a stripe were added to the flag as each territory became a state in the union. However, Congress enacted a law in 1818 restoring the 13 original stripes with only stars to be added as representatives of new states.
The Continental Colors
(Grand Union flag)

15-star, 15-stripe "Star-Spangled Banner" flag

Stars and Stripes: The Betsy Ross Flag

First American flag to be named “Old Glory”

The making of the first flag is shrouded in myth and legend, the most famous being Betsy Ross. Many historians do not accept the legend for anything other than myth. Regardless, we have a beautiful flag representative of a great nation!

The first Flag Day was held in observance of the 100th anniversary of the official adoption of the American Flag. In the years that followed, many states continued with the celebration on an annual basis. In 1949, Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance. Flag Day 2014 has additional special meaning since it coincides with the 200th anniversary year of the "Star-Spangled Banner" poem, flag-inspired song, which became our national anthem.

Today, as with any day, wave the American flag proudly. Know that flag! KNOW the colors - red, white, & blue - the sacrifices made, the heart of America: Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Iwo Jima, the day the American flag was placed on the moon, Vietnam War, Operation: Desert Storm, War in Afghanistan, Whitney Houston singing the national anthem, and 9/11 just to name a few.

Whether red & white & blue or blue & red & white
The colors are the same, a country of courage & might!