This week we will celebrate the 236th Flag Day commemorating the adoption of the United States flag, which happened on June 14th, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Millions of Americans observe Flag Day by waving Old Glory outside their homes and businesses.
Facts about the American Flag and Flag Day:
- Betsy Ross was 20 years old when she sewed the first American Flag in 1776. The young widow arranged 13 stars in a circle.
- Why thirteen stars and stripes? They represented the thirteen American colonies which rallied around the new flag in their fight gainst the British for self-governance. Today the thirteen stripes still represent the colonies but 50 stars represent the all states in the Union.
- The first Flag Day was celebrated in 1877 during the flag’s centennial.
- The original members of the Continental Congress wore red, white and blue. To them, RED stood for hardiness and courage, WHITE for purity and innocence, and BLUE for vigilance and justice.
- According to the Flag Code (or Flag Etiquette) it is disrespectful to use the flag for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use.
For more information on the history of Flag Day click here.