But where did you come from? How many people know the true history of our stars and stripes forever?
The first American flag was born on June 14, 1977. June 14th is now know as Flag Day for this reason. On June 14, 1777, Congress passed the first Flag Act declaring that, “…the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
Over the years, as more states joined the union, more stars were added to the flag, starting in 1818 with President Monroe, and culminating in 1959 with President Eisenhower, for a total of 50 stars. The 13 stripes representing the 13 original colonies have always remained constant on the flag throughout the years.
The colors of the flag have special meaning too.
Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor.
White symbolizes Purity and Innocence.
Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
Celebrate your flag this summer in front of your house but remember these simple rules:
The flag should never be displayed with the union (stars) down, unless as a signal of dire distress, and the flag should never touch the ground.