I am a multi generational American. My Family came to this country in the 1600’s, some maybe even earlier. Members of my family helped form this country. They came to this land for a freedom they could not have in their home country. Some came to better themselves in a new land. Some came because they were considered criminals in their home country. Some fought in the revolutionary war and others were instrumental in building the political structure we live with today. There is nothing in this world that represents the freedom that we Americans have More than the American Flag.
From A Capitol Fourth by PBS I found this.
On June 14 1777 the Continental Congress passed an act establishing an official flag for the new nation. The resolution stated: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
Today the flag consists of 13 horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well; red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
The origin of the first American flag is unknown. Some historians believe it was designed by New Jersey Congressman Francis Hopkinson and sewn by Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross.
After a British bombardment, amateur poet Francis Scott Key was so inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry that he wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sept. 14, 1814. It officially became our national anthem in 1931.
In 1892, the flag inspired James B. Upham and Francis Bellamy to write The Pledge of Allegiance. It was first published in a magazine called The Youth’s Companion.
I have 3 Flags The two I have shown above, I bought several years ago and usually display them on the 4th. The third was my Dad’s and I usually fly it on Memorial day. He always hung the American Flag on Memorial day and the 4th of July. Those are strong memories.
It is because of the liberties and freedoms that this Flag represents that I am educated, I can read, I can write, I can drive, I can take photographs and publish them, I could volunteer as a firefighter, I can be on the Fire Department board. I can Vote.
These rights were not given to me but were earned, by the many who fought for the freedoms, that I enjoy. I appreciate the sacrifices by those Who came before me and those who still defend those rights.
I appreciate the freedoms that this flag represents. I treat this flag with respect and honor.
Nova, my assistant says Hi and the flag is not hanging right. I should fix it.