Today is Flag Day

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June 14 is flag day, a day of national pride for the Stars and Stripes, our dear Old Glory.

“That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.”

As resolved by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

This flag was carried into battle for the first time on September 11, 1777.  Today’s flag has fifty stars on that same blue field, representing the present fifty States of these United States of America.

In perhaps a sad point of irony, my family has personally flown the flag on our home every day since September 11, 2001.  I had not realized the connection of the date until today.

There are several claims to the origin of Flag Day.  Today’s date, June 14, became Flag Day by law after Congress approved the observance and then President Harry Truman singed it into law on August 3, 1949.

Happy Flag Day!