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Flag Day

June 14, 2009

FLAG DAY

June 14th

OLD GLORY

I pledge allegiance to
the flag of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
Indivisible, with liberty and
Justice for all.

The meaning of the pledge of allegiance.
When you pledge allegiance to your flag you promise loyalty and devotion to your nation. Each word has a deep meaning.
I pledge allegiance….I promise to be true
to the flag….to the sign of our country
of the United States of America….a country made up of 50 states, each with certain rights.
and to the Republic….a country where the people elect others to make laws for them
for which it stands….the flag means the country
one Nation under God…a single country whose people believe in a supreme being
indivisible….the country cannot be split into parts
with liberty and justice….with freedom and fairness
for all….for each person in the country–you and me.

Many Americans still don’t understand Flag Day. It is a holiday that’s been around for more than 200 years and seems to be documented on every calendar in the nation – has many Americans stumped about its meaning and origin.  I think one of reasons that Flag Day does not get much attention because Memorial Day and Fourth of July are usually regarded as the patriotic holidays. They get alot of attention.

Proud American Patty “Deaftea158” made her video to educate about the history of Flag Day. She is Deaf. See her video below.

Betsy Ross and the First Flag

United States Lawyer Francis Scott Keys the best known as the author of the U.S. National ahthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

The Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion, A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.” And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Flag Day History:

http://www.geocities.com/heartland/2328/flag.htm

Learn more about Betsy Ross, click:

http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/2005_winter_spring/betsy_ross.htm

More details about Francis Scott Key:

http://www.tooter4kids.com/ourflag/francis_scott_key.htm

 

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  1. MM
    June 14, 2009 at 8:02 am

    The Brits make underwear of their flag…. the UK has 4 distinct ‘nations’ Welsh, Scottish, Irish and English, only England flies the Union Jack the flag of ‘Britain’ and Northern Ireland…. My blog carries the flag of my country 🙂 If war happens we fight together, if there is no war, we fight each other lol…. Very similar to your Yankees versus the Southern states…(Or Deaf versus deaf 🙂 ).

    We don’t plead allegiance to the state except if we members of the establishment, or the armed forces, there is no way we would tolerate what the Americans do every day and pledge allegiance in the schools ! That would be viewed near-fascism if they tried it here. In reality we find the American versions of allegiance uncomfortable to watch….. It’s as if Americans are unsure and keep re-iterating it to make the point.

    We recently successfully opposed the Union Jack being flown higher than the Welsh one, which indicates the strength of feeling people have for their own identity here, and mainly because the UK represents ENGLAND to the world and Wales is not included in it. Ask most Americans they will perhaps recognize (Even if they can’t place), England and the English, but struggle to ID the rest of us. If you read WW2 reports everyone referred to England and The English, we were there too, as we are even now, in Iraq and Afghanistan…

  2. June 14, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Correction: not 200 years… it was started in 1867. See attached information – “Flag Day was first observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress’ adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. In that year, Congress asked that all public buildings fly the flag on June 14. The idea quickly caught on and many people wanted to participate in waving the flag. One early supporter was B. J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin schoolteacher who wanted June 14 to be known as “Flag Birthday.””

  3. June 14, 2009 at 11:54 am

    correction 1877. typo! =)

  4. June 14, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    MM, I almost forgot about Britians using their underwears to be made of the flags, it’s a very interesting flag history but it’s true. Thank you for bringing it up and sharing.- Bug

  5. June 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Deaf Advocate, Hi! Okay,today is Flag’s Birthday as a Flag Day, correct? Do you know how old is it? The United States Flag is 232 year old. Flag Day is a patriotic holiday that was created on June 14, 1777. I have already learned, the Flag of the United States of America was born almost a year after the Declaration of Independence. The Stars and Stripes to which we pledge allegiance was authorized on June 14, 1777. Just as we celebrate the birth of independence on July 4th each year, the people of our Nation celebrate the birth of our Flag every year on June 14th. That special holiday is called: Flag Day. The original U.S. flag was authorized by Congress on Saturday, June 14, 1777. President Wilson, on June 14, 1916, issued a proclamation calling for a nation wide observance of Flag Day. It was not an official federal holiday until August 1949. Before that, the other states celebrated the Flag Day as their “state holiday”. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. I know the history of U.S. Flag is confusing many people. – Bug

  6. deafteal58
    June 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I would like to say many thanks for asking me to add my video about Flag Day to your website. I already bookmark your website so I can read your website once a while when I can.
    Let you know my username name is deafteal58.. not 158..
    Thanks again!
    deafteal58

  7. September 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Excellent site, keep up the good work

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