Flag Day

June 13, 2010 by  

Flag DayFlag Day:It is time to honor the oldest symbol and most important temple of our country of America. Monday, June 14th is Flag Day, the start of the National Flag week. The history of this uniquely American celebration is deeply ingrained in the annals of American history, dating back almost 250 years.

Century 18
The June 14th, 1777, the Grand Union Flag was raised by the Continental Congress to fly the Union Jack rather than the British. The Grand Union was deployed for the first time on January 1, 1776 at the headquarters of the Continental Army. This flag is widely accepted as the first flag of our nation. It was replaced by the stars and Stripes design (which has transformed dozens of times for the design of stars 50-present).

Century 19
Americans have been formally holding Flag Day on June 14, 1877, just 12 years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. During the presidency of Rutherford Hayes, the first ordered flags to be flown from all government buildings on June 14, 1877, to commemorate the centenary of the adoption of the Grand Union, first flew one hundred years earlier.

20th Century
In 1949, President Harry Truman officially proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. Deemed too close to Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, the honor has not been adopted as a federal holiday, instead of meeting the President made an official announcement of each year, allowing each state to choose for itself how to celebrate the occasion.

Finally, in 1966, Congress passed a resolution declaring the week that falls to the June 14 National Flag Week, which runs every Flag Day honors to last a whole week.

Interesting Facts flag
1. The U.S. flag is said to be the world’s most recognizable flag, and places in the top 20 most recognizable symbols around the world and logos.

2. It is one of the flags to more complicated, taking more than 64 individual pieces of fabric to complete. It has changed designs more frequently than any other flag in the world.

3. It’s Alive! Under the Code of the flag, the American flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living being. (United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 [8j]). As such, it is appropriate to fly a flag that has fewer than 50 stars or more than 13 stripes. It is proper etiquette to fly any flag that at some point in American history was the actual “life” active flag.

4. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the service organizations a select few authorized to give final honors to a flag. Flag States, United States Code “The flag, when in condition such that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.” These ceremonies are carefully choreographed and performed with precision and care, often ends with a somber note.

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