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Celebrating American Flag Day—June 14

June 14, 2011

Flag DayJune 14…it’s one of those holidays when folks wonder why it’s pre-printed on every calendar but no one gets the day off. What’s so special about a flag anyway?

The history of the American national flag is chronicled by the National Flag Foundation, but here are some highlights:

 

On June 14, 1777, the Founding Fathers gave the United States its first symbol with just 28 words in a jewel-like message: “The Flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, that the Union be 13 stars, white on a blue field representing a new constellation.”

 

The official name of the US national flag is “the Stars and Stripes.”

 

The Stars and Stripes, as specified by the Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777, was designed for use as a maritime (naval) flag.

 

Not until 1834 was the Stars and Stripes officially adopted for use in battle by the United States Army.

 

A flag expert is called a “vexillologist.”

 

And if your flag is looking a little tattered, faded, or just dirty, check out these tips on Cleaning (or replacing) your flag.

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