A Red, White and Blue Time of Year

Posted By Bill Payer on Jun 9, 2023 | 0 comments

Patriotism and the Flag are year round components of American life, but we’re in a particularly Red, White and Blue time of year.

Memorial Day has always been a time to place flags on graves of veterans…particularly those who died for our country.

But there’s plenty more coming up…starting with Flag Day, June 14.

“That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.”
This was the resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The resolution was made following the report of a special committee which had been assigned to suggest the flag’s design.

Calls for recognition of June 14 as Flag Day happened from the 1860’s forward on the local and, later, state level. But it was not until May 7, 1937, that Pennsylvania became the first state to establish the June 14 Flag Day as a legal holiday.

Flag Day is a nationwide observance
today, but Pennsylvania is the only state that recognizes it as a legal holiday.

Both President Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, issued proclamations
asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, that Congress approved the national observance, and President Harry Truman signed it into law.

How much do YOU know about our flag and its history? Take this quiz on the American flag. (Source: Reader’s Digest, November 2022.

Here on Daniel Island, it’s hard to miss the annual Field of Honor. That’s an Exchange Club program that honors hometown heroes with American flags dedicated to inspirational individuals. The 8th Annual Field of Honor kicks off June 24 and flags will fly along River Landing Drive until July 8. Want to dedicate a Field of Honor flag to someone. CLICK HERE for more information.

The Field of Honor is a visual and inspirational bridge from Flag Day through the 4th of July!

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