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Flag Day
of the United States of America

For all the controversy it is interesting to point out that the United States did not even have a standardized flag until 1912! Called the "Stars and Stripes," or "Old Glory," the flag is one of the most complicated in the world. No other flag needs 64 pieces of fabric to make. The current flag has 13 red and white alternating stripes and 50 stars on a blue background.

Stars and Stripes in Red White and Blue
The Pledge of Allegiance

"I pledge allegiance"
...I promise to be true

"to the flag" the symbol of our country

"of the United States of America"
...each state that has joined to make our country

"and to the Republic"
...a republic is a country where the people choose others to
make laws for them. The government is for the people

"for which it stands,"
...the flag means the country

"one Nation"
...a single country

"under God"
...the people believe in a supreme being

...the country cannot be split into parts

"with liberty and justice"
...with freedom and fairness

"for all."
...for each person in the and me

Folding the American Flag
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Over three quarters of a century ago, a 19 year old, $40 a month school-teacher, stirred by a deep love of the American Flag, held the first Flag Day exercises in a little country schoolhouse located near Fredonia. Bernard J. Cigrand, who later became a professor of dentistry and a college dean, began a lifelong crusade on June 14, 1885, to honor the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

Thirty-one years later in 1916, his devotion to the Flag was rewarded when June 14 was declared as National Flag Day by President Woodrow Wilson, who said, 'the Flag has vindicated its right to be honored by all nations of the world and feared by none who do righteousness. In 1949, long after Dr. Cigrand's death, Congress and the President of the United States proclaimed the Flag would be displayed on all government buildings on June 14 and asked the American people to join in the observance of the Flag's anniversary.

Grand Old Flag

During the War of 1812 between the British and Americans, lawyer Francis Scott Key was escorting a prisoner to freedom by ship when he saw an American flag surviving a battle in Baltimore Harbor. The flag inspired him to write the poem which provides the words for the national anthem. The actual flag now hangs in the Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.. Today the "Star-Spangled Banner" is sung at large public gatherings such as sports events. Many television stations play the anthem before the station closes down for the night.

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