A Special Observation
Americans observe Flag Day each year on June 14, the day when the Centennial Congress first issued the U.S. Flag in 1777, depicting the union of thirteen colonies turned into states. Congress wrote: “That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white.”
A few years later, in 1782, Congress defined the colors when it created the symbolic U.S. seal, which features an eagle. They defined red as hardness and valor. White stood for innocence and purity, while blue meant vigilance, perseverance and justice.
This year’s Flag Day is extra special because 2014 is also the 200th anniversary year of The Star Spangled Banner, our national Anthem written by Francis Scott Key, a Maryland attorney. The U.S. Flag, America’s most recognizable symbol, inspired Key to write his famous song’s lyrics.
Although I have been looking forward to Flag Day, with my Flag at the ready, I can’t fly it today. With winds at 25 – 30 mph I am afraid it will fly away, and my flag is too precious to lose. Are you flying the flag today?
Until next time,