June 19, 2019

National Flag Day (Friday, June 14)

(Franklin, GA) — When the American Revolution broke out in 1775, the colonists weren’t fighting under a single flag. Instead, most regiments fighting against the British fought under their own flags. In June of that year, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to create the Continental Army.

This led to the creation of the first “American” flag – the Continental Colors. The flag, which was comprised of 13 red and white alternating stripes and a Union Jack up in the corner, was very similar to the British Flag so, George Washington turned his efforts towards creating a new symbol of freedom for new nation.

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary of that decree by officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day

Here are some fun facts about Flag Day and our flag:

Bernard Cigrand, a Wisconsin teacher, is credited with the original idea for our flag.

It is widely believed that Betsy Ross, who assisted the Revolutionary War effort by repairing uniforms and sewing tents, made and helped design the first American flag. However, there is no historical evidence that she contributed to Old Glory’s creation.

During the Vietnam War era, some demonstrators burned American flags as an act of protest. The Flag Protection Act of 1968 was enacted in response, making it illegal to burn or otherwise deface the Stars and Stripes.

In two landmark decisions 20 years later, the Supreme Court ruled that the government couldn’t curb individuals’ First Amendment rights by prohibiting desecration of the U.S. flag. Respectful burning of damaged flags according to established protocol has always been acceptable.

The practice of draping coffins in the American flag is not reserved for military veterans and government officials. Any citizen may use this tradition.

Etiquette calls for American flags to be illuminated by sunlight or another light source while on display. There are many solar light kits made for flag poles that you can find on Amazon for less than $50.

When flags are taken down from their poles, care must be taken to keep them from touching the ground.

The Flag Code strictly prohibits adding an insignia, drawing or other markings to the flag.  President Bush drew criticism when he autographed a flag during his administration.

The Flag of the USA Committee, James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, encourages our county citizens to learn more about our nation’s most precious symbol.

Feel free to email any flag-related questions to us at jamesstewartchapterdar@gmail.com.

Membership in the DAR is open to all women 18 years and older. Contact us for help finding your American Revolution Patriot.

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