The American flag – one of the oldest national flags in the world – is 236 years old this year! It was on June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress passed a resolution “that the United States flag be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, that the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.” The new flag was called Stars and Stripes. (The affectionate name “Old Glory” was coined in 1831 by a young sea captain named William Driver from Salem, Massachusetts.)
The color scheme and design of the U.S. flag are symbolic of America itself. George Washington explained it this way: “We take the stars and blue union from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.” It can also be said that the white stripes represent the purity and serenity of the nation, while the red stripes represent the blood spilled by Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
For more American flag facts, etiquette, songs, a Flag Day Quiz, and additional links, visit the following Flag Day page: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfk/flag.html
P.S. Don’t forget to fly your flag today!