Our American Flag….The Stars and Stripes….Old Glory…..since 1777 it has been the symbol of liberty and freedom. It has gone with men into battle giving them hope, purpose and a sense of duty, and it has lovingly draped itself over the coffins of our fallen soldiers….holding back its tears so its beautiful colors do not bleed.
But what of our Flag……
The stars and stripes of the American flag originated as a result of a resolution adopted by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777.
The resolution read:
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.
Then, in 1818 President Monroe signed a bill requiring:
…that the flag of the United States have a union of 20 stars, white on a blue field, and that upon admission of each new State into the Union one star be added to the union of the flag on the fourth of July following its date of admission. The 13 alternating red and white stripes would remain unchanged. This act succeeded in prescribing the basic design of the flag, while assuring that the growth of the nation would be properly symbolized.
In 1960, the 50th and final star was added to our American Flag when Hawaii became part of the Union.
In 1861, Harry Beecher states about our Flag:
The Stars and Stripes has become a symbol of sovereignty. The writer Henry Ward Beecher said:
A thoughtful mind when it sees a nation’s flag, sees not the flag, but the nation itself. And whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag, the government, the principles, the truths, the history that belongs to the nation that sets it forth. The American flag has been a symbol of Liberty and men rejoiced in it.
The stars upon it were like the bright morning stars of God, and the stripes upon it were beams of morning light. As at early dawn the stars shine forth even while it grows light, and then as the sun advances that light breaks into banks and streaming lines of color, the glowing red and intense white striving together, and ribbing the horizon with bars effulgent, so, on the American flag, stars and beams of many-colored light shine out together ….”
Love and respect our Flag…love and respect those who have fought for it, beneath it, and were draped in it!!
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