The Second Constitutional Congress adopted a flag with thirteen stripes and thirteen stars to represent our Nation on June 14, 1777. One star represented each of our founding colonies. The Congress’s resolution stated that the stars would be displayed upon a blue field, “representing a new constellation” in the night sky.
On August 3, 1949, to commemorate the adoption of our flag, Congress, by joint resolution designated June 14 of each year as “Flag Day.” On June 9, 1966, Congress approved the week in which June 14th occurs as “National Flag Week.” During this time, our government calls upon its citizens to display the flag as well as to have the flag adorn Federal government buildings.
The American flag has been ever present and flown through the successes and struggles of the United States of America. It has been proudly carried into battle and raised as a beacon of hope. It has flown on our ships and military bases around the world, has been raised in yards and on porches across America, and is lowered on days of remembrance to honor fallen service members and public servants; or when tragedy strikes and we join together in mourning.
When the American flag soars, with it goes the ideals our nation stands for, bringing us together e pluribus unum, “out of many, one.”
Happy National Flag Week!