The History of Flag Day: June 14

betsy-ross-flagI did a little research and learned that on June 14, 1777 The Second Continental Congress decided that the USA flag would have 13 alternating red and white stripes and the canton would be blue with 13 stars. Interestingly there is no conclusive record that Betsy Ross was the seamstress of this first “Betsy Ross” flag with the 13 stars placed in a circle. It wasn’t until the Civil War broke out in 1861 that individuals started to fly the flag. Prior to 1861 the flag was mainly used by the Navy. President Woodrow Wilson established this nationwide observance of the flag in 1916. Another resource said President Truman officially declared Flag Day on August 3, 1949. Perhaps some history of flag day buffs would like to expand upon this. The colors of the flag: Red symbolizes hardiness and valor; white symbolizes purity and innocence; blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. I wonder how many of us remember the “pledge of allegiance to the flag”…

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