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Flag Day!

June 14, 2018

Today we celebrate Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress officially adopted the “stars and stripes” as the American flag.

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Flag Facts:

Flag Day was not regularly celebrated until President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress on August 3, 1949, designating June 14 as National Flag Day.

The original flag had thirteen alternating red and white stripes with red on the top and red on the bottom. In the top left-hand corner on a blue field were thirteen white stars. The stars and stripes represented the thirteen original colonies.

Red stands for hardiness and valor. White stands for innocence and purity. Blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Today the flag still has thirteen stripes, but there are now 50 stars on the blue field representing our 50 states.

There is no proof that Betsy Ross designed the first flag.

Nicknames for our Flag

Old Glory

The Stars and Stripes

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Red, White, and Blue

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Fly our American Flag proudly and take time to appreciate the freedoms we have.

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Free to Fly

June 15, 2010

Yesterday was Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as our national flag. Did you fly your flag?

If you didn’t fly Old Glory or you totally forgot it was Flag Day, you weren’t alone. Up and down the street of my neighborhood our flags were the only ones in sight. Granted, my flags are on the pitiful side, but I planted them in my flower pot proudly!

I remember after 9/11 flags flew every day from almost every house for months on end. It was inspiring to see the display of patriotism. Now it’s unusual to see flags flying from every house.  But of course, since this is the land of the free, we’re all free to choose whether or not we want to fly our flag. However, it would be a sad day if we were suddenly told that we could no longer display our national symbol. Independence Day is just around the corner. Fly our country’s flag and be proud of the country in which we live.

More about our flag for children:  The First American Flag (Our American Story) by Kathy Allen (Picture Window Books, 2009), The American Flag (Symbols of America) by Debra Hess (Benchmark Books, 2008), Flag Day by Robin Nelson (Lerner Classroom, 2009), The American Flag by Elaine Landau (Children’s Press (CT), 2008), Meet Our Flag, Old Glory by April Jones Prince (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2004).


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