Old Glory appears to be a source of contention for some. I believe that is because they were not taught the true history of our great Republic.
Our history is slowly being erased and ignored. We all know it isn’t taught in schools as it should be. How can you appreciate what you just don’t know?
Sadly while some look to set her on fire and throw her to the ground, patriotic Americans still look up to her as a symbol of the liberty and freedom only to be found in the United States of America. While remembering all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in her honor. The approximately 1,264,289 American soldiers who have died in our nation’s wars.
With this little article I’ll include some basic facts that may enlighten some. But for most of you, my patriotic readers, this article will only serve to reaffirm why Old Glory waving in the breeze is the ultimate symbol of why the United States of America is the world’s shining city on a hill.
With five chances on each hand and one unwavering aim, no boy, however poor, need despair. There is bread and success for every youth under the American flag who has energy and ability to seize his opportunity. ~ Orison Swett Marden
- A resolution adopted by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress, on June 14, 1777, called for an official United States flag.
Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.
The resolution gave no instruction as to how many points the stars should have, nor how the stars should be arranged on the blue union. Consequently, some flags had stars scattered on the blue field without any specific design, some arranged the stars in rows, and some in a circle.
The first Navy Stars and Stripes had the stars arranged in staggered formation in alternate rows of threes and twos on a blue field. Other Stars and Stripes flags had stars arranged in alternate rows of four, five and four. Some stars had six points while others had eight.
Strong evidence indicates that Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was responsible for the stars in the U.S. flag. At the time that the flag resolution was adopted, Hopkinson was the Chairman of the Continental Navy Board’s Middle Department.
Hopkinson also helped design other devices for the Government including the Great Seal of the United States. For his services, Hopkinson submitted a letter to the Continental Admiralty Board asking “whether a Quarter Cask of the public Wine will not be a proper & reasonable Reward for these Labours of Fancy and a suitable Encouragement to future Exertions of a like Nature.” His request was turned down since the Congress regarded him as a public servant.
- The Stars and Stripes first flew in a Flag Day celebration in Hartford, Connecticut in 1861, during the first summer of the Civil War. 620,000 soldiers gave their lives by the time the war was over. The first national observance of Flag Day occurred June 14, 1877, the centennial of the original flag resolution.
By the mid 1890’s the observance of Flag Day on June 14 was a popular event. Mayors and governors began to issue proclamations in their jurisdictions to celebrate this event.
In the years to follow, public sentiment for a national Flag Day observance greatly intensified. Numerous patriotic societies and veterans groups became identified with the Flag Day movement. Since their main objective was to stimulate patriotism among the young, schools were the first to become involved in flag activities.
In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14. It was not until 1949 that Congress made this day a permanent observance by resolving “That the 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated as Flag Day . The measure was signed into law by President Harry Truman.
Although Flag Day is not celebrated as a Federal holiday, Americans everywhere continue to honor the history and heritage it represents.
- The Flag’s original design remained the same from 1777 to 1795.
- The anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916.
- Flag Day is also the birthday of the United States Army.
- The American Flag colors have symbolism. The red stands for valor and hardiness. Blue stands for justice, perseverance, and vigilance. White stands for innocence and purity.
- There have been 27 official versions of the U.S. Flag since 1777. Today’s 50-star version was created by a 17-year-old high school student in 1958 in Ohio for a class project. He got a B- on the project.
- “Old Glory” was first used by Captain William Driver in 1831. He was a shipmaster from Salem, Massachusetts and called the flag Old Glory after being given a flag by friends.
- There are six American Flags located on the moon. Apollo crews 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 planted the Flags on the moon. Of the six, five are still standing. The first Flag, planted by Neil Armstrong, was blown over by the exhaust during liftoff of Apollo 11.
When reading about Flag Day, I came across a great video that gives an outstanding history and review of the Stars and Stripes. (It’s still on YouTube — for the moment.) So sit back and enjoy!
National Constitution Center “The History of the U.S. Flag”
Our current Commander in Chief summed it up best:
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
~ Donald Trump
At *your* service,