Stars and Stripes, The Star Spangled Banner and Old Glory- today we celebrate it.
In honor of the flag that’s survived combat, inspired songs, created national debates around the president and the NFL and even been planted in outer space, we bring you some facts all Americans should know about our flag:
History tells us that on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed an act establishing an official flag for the new nation. The resolution stated, “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."
On August 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman officially declared June 14 as Flag Day.
The Real O.G. (Old Glory)
The National Museum of American History is currently working on The Preservation Project, where they're laboring to restore the giant flag which survived the round-the-clock bombing of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, by British troops in 1814. This is the pivotal event that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose "The Star-Spangled Banner." The preservation effort began in June 1999, and continues to this day. The flag is kept in a special low-oxygen, filtered light chamber and is periodically examined under a microscope to detect any damage.
Stand or Kneel?
John Towles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Security & Foreign Affairs Director shared some inspring words about respecting the flag, “Our nation's flag serves as a beacon of freedom and prosperity for people all over the world. On this day, we honor a moment in history that played a tremendous part in establishing our own sovereignty as a nation, and to pay tribute to a symbol that means so much to so many.”
Because of our flag- we own the moon!
In July 1969, Neil Armstrong placed Old Glory on the moon. Flags were also placed there on each of the Apollo program's six manned landings. We’re not exactly sure what position space lawyers would take on the ownership of our closest planet, but we’d like to think that as long as our flag is flying there- its ours!
How to really raise a flag ...
No. According to United States Code, Chapter 1, Section 8 (d) "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free."
So, now you know. Whether you're saluting it, admiring it or you've got patriotism in your pants, we hope you have a happy Flag Day!