Sunday, June 14, 2009

FLAG DAY!

I am borrowing this after seeing on Lorie Ames' blog! I want my children to grow up with the knowledge, love and appreciation of what our forefathers and the men of our nation have provided for us in the freedoms that we have.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag.
Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day. Prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Congressional legislation designating that date as the national Flag Day was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949; the legislation also called upon the president to issue a flag day proclamation every year.

According to legend, in 1776, George Washington commissioned Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross to create a flag for the new nation. Scholars debate this legend, but agree that Mrs. Ross most likely knew Washington and sewed flags. To date, there have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag, but the arrangement of the stars varied according to the flag-makers' preferences until 1912 when President Taft standardized the then-new flag's forty-eight stars into six rows of eight. The forty-nine-star flag (1959-60), as well as the fifty-star flag, also have standardized star patterns. The current version of the flag dates to July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became the fiftieth state on August 21, 1959.

If you've got a flag(and you know you should)...fly it proudly today!

Chrissy D

4 comments:

Lorie said...

I like your post today...lol! Thanks for getting the reminder out there!

Joanne Travis said...

Thanks for posting this, Chris! We just went on the whole tour of Philadelphia in April to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross house. I love our American heritage and love to share this with our son. He loved it too!

LORi said...

Hey Chrissy!! Loving this post...I homeschool so I can turn it into a lesson!! HEE HEE!! Thanks!!

I have a special treat for you on my blog...take a peek!!!

Marie with a :-) said...

Hurray for your post!