Red-Letter Saturday #8: “The United States Flag”
On this day, April 4, 1818, Congress decided the U.S. Flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes to represent the original Thirteen Colonies that rebelled against the British crown and became the first states in the Union, and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state. The act specified that new flag designs should become official on the first July 4th (Independence Day) following admission of one or more new states.
If you are an American, I’d like you to consider something: what emotions do you feel whenever you see the American flag? Or have you seen it so often that you don’t really have any emotions one way or another? If that is the case, then let us remember what the American flag is all about.
For more than 200 years, the American flag has been a symbol of our nation’s strength and unity. It has been a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens.
The American flag serves as a reminder of all the brave men and women who have given their lives to preserve our freedom and to protect our country. It reminds us that we as American citizens have a longstanding tradition of the ability to do the impossible as long as stand together united as one nation. It helps us to remember that with determination and hard work, we can overcome any obstacle – whether that’s landing on the moon or warding off terrorists. It is a symbol of liberty, justice, courage, happiness, and hope.
You can see Old Glory flying just about everywhere we go: On top of post office buildings, in school yards, on bank buildings, at American Legions, in parades, on top of bridges, from police stations, on football fields, on houses, in national cemeteries, even to people waving them in their hands.
The American flag is displayed all over our country, and next time you see it, perhaps you should stop to think just what it means to you.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I am whatever you make me, nothing more. I am your belief in yourself, your dream of what a people may become…. I am the clutch of an idea, and the reasoned purpose of resolution. I am no more than you believe me to be and I am all that you believe I can be. I am whatever you make me, nothing more.” ~ Franklin Knight Lane
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