Monday, June 14, 2010
Flag Day...2010 !
Today, as I'm sure that most of you know, is Flag Day!
In times as troubled as those we face now, it is important to continue to uphold and carry on the old traditions. I'm sure that nearly everyone reading this is aware of the history of the flag and the traditions surrounding it, but let's just go over it one more time, OK?
What we know fondly as the “Stars and Stripes” was adopted by the Continental Congress as the official American flag on June 14, 1777, in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Colonial troops fought under many different flags with various symbols and slogans—rattlesnakes, pine trees, eagles, “Don’t Tread on Me,” “Liberty or Death,” and “Conquer or Die,” to name a few.
The first flag had 13 stars on a blue field and 13 alternating red and white stripes for the 13 original colonies. Now there are 50 stars, one for each state in the Union, but the 13 stripes remain. Flag Day was first celebrated in 1877, on the flag’s 100th birthday.
Here are some Dos and Don'ts regarding the flag, just in case!
Now, my friends, there is fresh coffee on the patio if you would like some. Always free...!