Americans have a deep love and respect for the American flag and they know the price that was paid for freedom as many of them or their loved ones served in the military. Paying tribute to our amazing country as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and closing a ceremony by singing the National Anthem bestows tender feelings and sincere appreciation of what that flag means to each one of us.
Over two hundred years ago, the Second Continental Congress officially made the Stars and Stripes the symbol of America, going so far as to declare that the 13 stars gracing the original flag represented "a new constellation" with the ideal that America embodied a bright new hope and light for mankind. Today, our flag continues to carry the inspirational and fundamental convictions of our great nation, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
The War of 1812 is known for many things, but one of the most memorable is the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 at Fort McHenry to write the song that would become our national anthem.
Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code.
- "No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America." Section 8
- "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing." Section 8j
Sagora Trivia Question: What's the meaning of the word vexillology?
Answer: The study of flags.
- Civil War battle flags were carried by a soldier called a color bearer. His job was to make sure the flag was flying and visible at all times during the fight.
- “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” is often cited as being the most reproduced photograph in history.
- At ground zero, amid all of the chaos, three New York City firefighters raised the American flag as a symbol of freedom.
Care and handling of the flag is steeped in tradition and respect. The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Our residents and families understand this on the deepest level. They fought for freedom and respect the flag and all that it stands for with pride and dignity. We salute our flag. It is amazing how much hope and freedom the American flag inspires in all of us!