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June 14th is Flag Day!

by: Blue Marble
June 12, 2015

Join Blue Marble Landscape in recognizing Flag Day by flying your flag on June 14th!

On the 14th of June the United States will be celebrating Flag Day. This is the day, back in 1777, that our country adopted the United States Flag as the official flag for our new nation. Flag Day was officially proclaimed by Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

Some fun facts about our Flag for Flag Day:

  • The school-day ritual of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance began on October 12, 1892. However, it wasn’t until 1942 that Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. The following year the Supreme Court ruled that school children could not be forced to recite it. Currently only about half of our states have laws that encourage the recitation.
  • The first official U.S. Flag was the 13-Star Flag. This original flag lasted for a period of 18 years.
  • The design of the flag has changed 27 times since first being established in 1777.
  • The current Flag was ordered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 21, 1959 and was adopted in 1960. It has been used for over 54 years and is the longest-used version.
  • It was the 15-star version that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the American National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. This particular flag is on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
  • The current U.S. Flag consists of 13 horizontal stripes alternating red and white which represent the 13 original colonies. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America.
  • There are very specific guidelines for displaying and disposing of our flag as well as when to fly it half-staff. There are even guidelines on how to fold it.
  • The flag is a powerful symbol of Americanism.   There are many occasions when it is flown. Visit USflag.org to learn more about when to fly the flag.
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