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Flag Day 2012

Today is Flag Day in the United States. Celebrated every June 14, Flag Day commemorates the day the U.S. flag was adopted by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. 
 
Though the flag has undergone a few redesigns throughout our storied history, it has always stood as a symbol of our national unity, our national endeavor, and 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.
 
It means America first; it means an undivided allegiance.
It means America united, strong and efficient, equal to her tasks.
The spirit of the flag is undeniable as tradition has given the following meanings to our flag’s colors:
 
WHITE: purity and innocence
RED: hardiness and valor
BLUE: vigilance, perseverance and justice
 
As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation; so today, let us take a moment to reflect upon our flag, what it represents, and the sacrifices of those who have fought to protect those ideals.  Our flag should stand as a reminder to remember America’s storied history and what the Stars and Stripes has meant and still means today––FREEDOM, LIBERTY, JUSTICE.
 
Flag Day, a timeline
In 1777, the U.S. flag was adopted by resolution of the Second Continental Congress, declaring 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, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day.
 
Today’s U.S. flag debuted July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.
 
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