Over the years I have been privileged to sing our national anthem for many events, opening major sporting events and in celebration of our country’s Fourth of July celebrations. The Star Spangled Banner is one of the songs I’ve sung most frequently throughout the years. I was also honored many years ago to present our nation’s colors in ceremonies for visiting foreign dignitaries.
Flag Day is on June 14th. It is a day to proudly fly our nation’s flag. It is also a good day to say “thank you” to those who’ve served our nation and help and protect us in our cities and towns.
FLAG DAY IS JUNE FOURTEENTH!
- President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress that would designate June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.
- The first official Flag Day was observed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- The first ceremony honoring the Stars and Stripes was on June 14, 1877 in honor of the 100th anniversary of adoption of a national flag.
- The first American flag was sewn by Betsy Ross in May, 1777.
- Legend credits Betsy Ross with showing George Washington how to make a five-pointed star.
- Betsy Ross was a seamstress who had a business which made flags for navy ships in Pennsylvania. She is credited with suggesting thirteen stars in a circle for the first flag.
- The Continental Congress proposed The United States have its own national flag instead of the British Union Jack on June 14, 1777.
- Interestingly, the United States did not have a standardized flag until 1912.
- The United States flag is one of the most complicated flags in the world, needing 64 pieces of fabric to make.
- The current United States flag has 13 red and white alternating stripes (representing the original 13 states) and 50 stars (each star representing one of the states of the Union) on a blue background.
- The colors of the flag have important meanings.Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence, and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance, and Justice.
- When the flag can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified manner, such as burning.
- If dirty or soiled, an American flag may be washed or dry-cleaned.
- Never let your flag touch the ground, never…period.
- The first American flag was called the Grand Union.
- The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
- The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
- The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
- The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole.
- Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to our national anthem as he watched British rockets bombard Fort McHenry while the American flag continued to fly in the air.
- Our national anthem is the Star Spangled Banner!