Amid all the uncertainly in our lives these days, it’s can be easy to miss some very important dates that truly matter to us and to our nation.
Today is June 14th, and that means it is National Flag Day… a day when we honor “Old Glory” and commemorate the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.
The holiday is a day that Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents. Representing independence and unity, the Star-Spangled Banner has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and the flag is flown proudly.
While Betsy Ross is most often given credit for sewing the first American flag, there isn’t any actual proof pertaining to that story. There isn’t any proof to disprove it, either. There were several designs in consideration at the same time, so we’re not 100% on who to give credit to. What we do know for sure is that there were several standards being carried bearing red and white stripes and varying symbols where the blue field and stars now reside.
Another who laid claim to the first design was Francis Hopkinson. His asked to be paid for his American flag design, but was denied because others contributed to the design final design.
Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times. For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect. In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4. President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.
Seventeen-year-old Robert G. Heft of Ohio designed the 50-star American flag. His was one of the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14th as Flag Day. President Wilson stated, “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He also wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”
Many people have died protecting our country. On National Flag Day, raise the flag and fly it proudly.