Monthly Archives: June 2011

Flag Day

As you may know today is Flag Day in the United States.

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated every June 14 and it commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that on that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

On that day in June, Congress declared the flag to be 13 alternating red and white stripes with a union of 13 white stars in a blue field. In 1794, after Kentucky and Vermont joined the Union, Congress added two stars and two stripes. In 1818, when five more states had joined, Congress again changed the design to 13 stripes, representing the original 13 states, and 20 stars, with a provision that an additional star be added on the admission of each new state.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Since 1949, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day. The flag is the symbol of our national unity, our national endeavor, our national aspiration.

The flag tells of the struggle for independence, of union preserved, of the sacrifices of brave men and women to whom the ideals and honor of this nation have been dearer than life.

What do the colors of the flag represent?

Tradition has given the following meanings to the colors:

WHITE: purity and innocence
RED: hardiness and valour
BLUE: vigilance, perseverance and justice

Today, let us take a moment to reflect upon our flag and recognize the sacrifices of those who have fought to protect it. Our flag should stand as a reminder of America’s storied history and what the Stars and Stripes meant to our nation’s heroes and founders.

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