Flag Day

Air Force Academy cadets keep a giant American flag aloft
U.S. Air Force photo Dennis Rogers

 

Flag Day

On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He said, “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.” (America’s Library)

This was the resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The resolution was made following the report of a special committee which had been assigned to suggest the flag’s design. A flag of this design was first carried into battle on September 11, 1777, in the Battle of the Brandywine. The American flag was first saluted by foreign naval vessels on February 14, 1778, when the Ranger, bearing the Stars and Stripes and under the command of Captain Paul Jones, arrived in a French port. The flag first flew over a foreign territory in early 1778 at Nassau, Bahama Islands, where Americans captured a British fort. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

 

National Constitution Center • The History of the U.S. Flag

 

 

 

 

Browsing my usual news aggregators yesterday evening, a headline caught my eye: Watch This Painfully Awkward Teen Transform into a Rock God on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Being that I was told to watch, I did. Just as the headline demanded. You can too!

 

 

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