TODAY IS FLAG DAY! No one symbol has greater meaning for Americans, and the world, than our stars and stripes. Who can forget images of Old Glory being raised at Iwo Jima or the NY Trade Center? It is a symbol of our endurance and determination that transcends all the politics and problems in America. It is the one thing we can all embrace from any political or ideological vantage point. Fly it freely, proudly. It has been fashioned by the dreams of our forefathers and spun with the blood and sweat of heroes who have defended her at home and across the world. It’s just a piece of cloth, it’s true, but it is woven of the hearts of a nation united. Respect it.
While searchin the web for the exact words used to commission the flag in 1777, I came across Bernard John Cigrand and realized that he is the one responsible for our annual celebration of Flag Day. See, you learn something new every day.
“The “Stars and Stripes,” the official National symbol of the United States of America was authorized by congress on that Saturday of June 14, 1777 in the fifth item of the days agenda. The entry in the journal of the Continental Congress 1774-1789 Vol. Vlll 1777 reads “Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be Thirteen stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
In Waubeka, Wisconsin, in 1885 Bernard John Cigrand a nineteen year old school teacher in a one room school placed a 10” 38 star flag in an inkwell and had his students write essays on what the flag meant to them. He called June 14th the flag’s birthday. Stony Hill Schoolis now a historical site. From that day on Bernard J. Cigrand dedicated himself to inspire not only his students but also all Americans in the real meaning and majesty of our flag.” (Thanks to the Natinal Flag Day Website, where you can see a photo of Stony Hill School.)
One young man, 123 years ago, started this glorious tradition of marching bands, parades and waving flags! Thanks, Bernie!