Saturday, June 14, 2008

Today is Flag Day!

Today is Flag Day, a day to honor our Stars and Stripes! We put out our Flag today, how about you?

My GrandMum would be proud of me for talking about Flag Day today. She was a connoisseur of Flag-dom and taught US Flag etiquette to all the local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops in the area, when Mum was young.

According to USFlag.org, there is quite a long history to Flag Day. They say...
Inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, 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.
And for you history buffs, they also say this about the evolution of the US Flag...
No one knows with absolute certainty who designed the first stars and stripes or who made it. Congressman Francis Hopkinson seems most likely to have designed it, and few historians believe that Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, made the first one.
Here are some fun Flag facts:

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