Today is Flag Day, a date Americans should know more about.
On June 14, 1777 – 245 years ago today – the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that, “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
More than 100 years after that, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary of that decree by officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day in the U.S.
As you celebrate the anniversary of the Stars and Stripes, check out 13 facts from the History Channel you may not know about the history of our American flag.
- Check out this message from Paul E. Dillard, the National Commander of the American Legion. “As I walked the hallow grounds of Utah Beach during my recent visit to Europe, I saw a tiny American flag in the sand near the historic beach that helped free Europe from tyranny. It was a reminder – no matter the size – of the ultimate sacrifice paid under the Red, White and Blue, and of the freedom and unity that Old Glory means. Long may it wave, wherever it may stand.”