Today is Flag Day, a day set aside to commemorate the Stars and Stripes and all that it symbolizes.
It was on this day in 1777 that the Second Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag for our newly-formed nation, declaring “that the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.”
The idea for a Flag Day holiday reportedly originated with a Wisconsin schoolteacher who wanted his students to recognize the importance of June 14 and the flag. Although President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary in 1916, it wasn’t until August 3, 1949 that President Harry Truman officially declared June 14 as Flag Day.
The original American flag has undergone several redesigns over the years to reflect our nation’s expansion, with the current version adopted in 1960 after Hawaii was recognized as our 50th state. Despite these changes, the American flag remains a symbol of hope for the rest of the world, and a visible reminder of the principles of freedom and democracy on which this great nation was founded.
Happy Flag Day!