Tuesday, June 12, 2012

OLD GLORY





You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The Home of the free and the brave.


On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes - one for each state.  Although it is not certain, this flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy.  The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes stopped at 15 and was later returned to 13.







On June 1886, Bernard Cigrand made his first public proposal for the annual observance of the birth of the flag, when he wrote an article titled "The Fourteenth of June" in the old Chicago Argus newspaper.  Cigrand's effort to ensure national observance of Flag Day finally came when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event on June 14, 1916.






However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day.







In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week.
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Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or a brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.


Hope you are having a grand old week....Judy

We are leaving tomorrow to celebrate Jake's high school graduation/barbecue. Won't be back until the first of next week, so I'll see you then!



Flag Day
Thursday
June 14, 2012

I am linking up with the great party:















14 comments:

  1. What a nice post about the flag history ..... interesting to read Judy.
    That makes blogging so much fun.....you can talk about anything .....you name it ...... and you can create a lovely post!!!!!!
    I wish you a wonderful Wednesday & warm regards,
    Silvia

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  2. Hi Judy!!
    You can be certain that we'll be flying the RED, WHITE, and BLUE !
    I really love our flag and what it symbolizes.
    Thanks for the neat information, and all those beautiful pictures too!!

    Have fun with your family, and travel safely.

    Smiles :)
    Kerin

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  3. great post, judy! have fun!

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  4. We fly our American flag all the time. I love to see a flag flying from a porch...it's so touching. Smiles to you, Susie

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  5. Seeing our flag honored always gives me a lump in the throat and often brings tears to my eyes when I hear the Star Spangled Banner. xoDiana

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  6. Hi Judy! I'm so glad you brought my attention to Flag Day, I'm afraid it would have come and gone before I even realized it was so. And to pass up a chance to decorate?! Your decorating is absolutely beautiful! Love your wicker planter and the view of your porch and your screen door arrangement! Have a great week!

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  7. I completely forgot about Flag Day! Thanks for the reminder. Enjoy time with your family this week.

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  8. Dear Judy,
    Although I am not American, but British. I can tell you, that when I hear your national anthem and see the American flag, and see the wonderful young American soldiers that are in the forefront of the wars in Afganistan and other areas.. I watch with avid happiness tv programms.. I love the American flag, its people and all that they represent.. but most of all it represents freedom.
    great fantastic post Judy..
    Have a wonderful week with your family...
    best wishes and love
    val x x x x

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  9. Beautiful post Judy. You certainly showcased our country and it's flag.
    Love those tall blue glasses. I want some. Have a heavenly day and stay cool.

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  10. Your post is the best I have seen honoring our flag and all it represents. We have ours displayed with much pride also. There is a steady breeze today , so Old Glory is constantly moving.
    Your home is decorated beautifully Have a fun time at the barbeque/graduation and look forward to another post soon. God Bless America!
    Betsy

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  11. Lovely to learn the history behind Flag Week. Hope you have a very enjoyable weekend celebrating Jake's graduation.

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  12. This was really interesting for me to read, as a non american. I love history and tries to read about it as often as I can. And it's a great thing to be proud of your flag! I just love our blue and yellow one.
    Hope you have a great time at the graduation.
    I'm on vacation and hopefully manage to catch up with this and that here, lol.
    Love Elzie

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  13. When my kids were little I used to hold a flag day party every year! We would tie dye, have a story about the flag, make our own flags.... what great memories!
    thanks for taking me back ...
    dee dee

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  14. Well, I am literally trying not to cry in this restaurant (and also because my Internet is not up and running). Great historic info, and I love your display on the front door screen. Also the picture of that cat (Annie?) YELLING at the troops! So funny. All the comments on this post, thus far, have been wonderful. Especially reading the one from Val, the Brit. And why not, her country is our BROTHER. I went to Amador County's memorial service this last Memorial Day. They have a 40-piece Concert Band that played all armed forces songs, while the vets representing each division stood up–so moving. I went with an army vet and his wife. When it was his turn, he stood and saluted from his wheelchair, as he had lost a leg. I thought I'd never recover! Also, when it was over, I was inspired to speak with the chaplain, as what he said was so appropriate and nothing I've even heard in the churches. I'm so glad I went.

    Now, on to your next post. JAKE'S GRADUATION!
    Love, Sid

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