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Monday, June 14, 2010

Star Spangled....



It was on June 14th, 1777...
that Congress standardized the flag of the United States
with 13 stripes in alternating red and white
and 13 white stars on a blue background...
Forty-one years later,
in 1818, Congress voted to keep
the number of stripes at 13 representing
the original 13 colonies,
...but to add a new star for each new state.
A star's addition becomes official
on the Fourth of July
following the state's admission....

Our current flag of 13 stripes and 50 stars
has been in use since July 4th, 1960~
following Hawaii's 1959 statehood.
"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth"
~Geo. Washington
"Flag of the Brave! thy folds shall fly,
The sign of Hope and Triumph High.."
~Jos. Drake
"A ray of Bright Glory now beams from afar,
The American ensign now sparkels a star,
Which shall shortly flame wide through All the skies"
~ Massachusetts Spy, May 10th, 1774
"Fling out! fling out, with cheer & shout!
to all the Winds our Country's Banner!
Be every bar, and every star
Displayed in full and glorious manner!"
~Abh. Coles
"The United States themselves...
are essentially
the Greatest Poem..."
~Walt Whitman
...remember to respect our flag,
by never letting it touch the ground,
don't fly it at night unless illuminated,
and take indoors during inclement weather....
Happy Flag Day Everyone!!
Blessings from the Farm,

Lori

4 comments:

QUAINT AND PLAIN said...

HOORAY FOR THE RED~WHITE~ AND BLUE... WHAT A LOVELY POST!!! ~ B

janeu729 said...

Love your patriotic post!!! I'm going out to hang my flag, right now!!

Lori Ann C. said...

Wonderful Lori !
My flag flys proudly today and all days!

Lori Ann

Debora said...

Thank you for sharing the history of our flag. It's so interesting to read and so good to know about those who valued it so highly. Hooray for Flag Day!

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