Do you get a thrill when you see the United States red, white, and blue flag flying in the breeze? I love to see our flag proudly displayed at public buildings and in front of private homes. While I respect the flags of other countries (and they have their own flag days), my heart beats faster when I see our “Old Glory”. It means home, unity, and shows respect for our country.
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States back in 1777. The flag has changed over the years with the addition of states, but the original design by seamstress, Betsy Ross, can still be envisioned.
Today, there are 13 equal horizontal stripes of red, alternating with white, along with a blue rectangle displaying 50 five-pointed stars in white. The 50 stars represent our 50 states, and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies in the Union.
Although Flag Day is not an official Federal Holiday, we are encouraged to fly the flag for one week. Proclamations are given all over the U.S; why not find out if your town or city will have a special ceremony you can share with family and friends.
Treat your flag with respect. There are many rules we must follow when displaying the flag. Celebrate America, celebrate our freedom, and celebrate the military people who have fought for it.
It’s a grand old day! Sing our national anthem, the Stars Spangled Banner, by Francis Scott Key, from the popular Kimbo CD, Patriotic Songs & Marches. Enjoy the song, Let’s Make a Flag for Flag Day, from Holiday Songs for All Occasions while you make your own flag out of craft sticks and colored markers.