The American flag invokes a lot of different emotions for people depending on who is doing the looking. Our flag brings hope, tears, new beginnings and freedom and serves as a testament to our country’s history. But how much do we know about the American flag? Let’s take a minute today to remember all that our flag stands for.
Oh, and if you have a patriotic shirt, hat, bag or something else, wear it proudly today! It’s Flag Day 2011!
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The American flag is a symbol of freedom, of our heritage and a reminder of everything the American people have been through. But where did it come from? SheKnows explains how our flag came to be:
“Several flag designs with 13 stripes were used in 1776 and 1777, until Congress established the official flag on June 14, 1777 – now observed as Flag Day. The act stated ‘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.’ Washington explained it this way: ‘We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.’”
The first time our flag was carried in battle was in September 1777 in Brandywine, Pennsylvania. 1778 was the first time the American flag was flown over a foreign territory in Nassau, Bahamas. And what about that nickname “Old Glory?” Sea captain William Driver gave our flag the nickname on August 10, 1831 when he was given one before a voyage.
If you decide to hang a flag today, keep these tips in mind (via SheKnows):
–The flag cannot dip to anyone and is not supposed to touch the ground.
–If you fly your flag at night it must be well-lit.
–According to the national Flag Act, a flag is a flag — not clothes, a bedspread or anything else.
For more on flag etiquette for Flag day and any day, click here.
Happy Flag Day!
What does the American flag mean to you?