Flag Dayis the birthday of the
United States flag. It became a holiday
in New York State in 1897. In the next few years other states
joined New York.
But it was not until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson
Flag Day by national proclamation.
"Teach America to
May our good land be true and just,
Her motto e'er "In God We Trust"
May she be guided by Thy Word,
Thy wisdom in her walls be heard.
May all who love her plead today,
Lord, teach America to Pray!
as her flag unfurls on high
Its starry splendor to the sky,
May we, in grateful thanks to Thee
Who gave to us this land so free,
Preserve her freedom in Thy way.
Lord, teach America to Pray
~Written by Edith A. Wilsey~
The Pledge of Allegianceis a solemn
promise of loyalty to the United States. It reads:
"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."
World Book tells us that the Public-school children first
recited the pledge as they saluted
the flag during the National School Celebration held in
1892 to mark the 400th anniversary of the discovery of
America. The original pledge was probably written by
Francis Bellamy (1855-1931), though some scholars believe
James B. Upham (1845-1905) wrote the pledge. Both men
were from Boston and worked for The Youth's Companion.
The National Flag Conferences of the American Legion
expanded the original wording in 1923 and 1924. In 1942,
Congress made the pledge part of its code for the use of
the flag. In 1954, it added the words "under
"Pledge of Allegiance" Page
Day is celebrated on June 14 in memory of the day in 1777
when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and
Stripes as the official flag of the United States. It is
not an official national holiday, but the President
proclaims a public Flag Day observance every year. In
Pennsylvania, Flag Day is a legal holiday.
On Flag Day, people in the United States display the flag
on their homes, businesses, and public buildings. Some
schools honor the flag with special programs that may
feature discussions of the flag's origin and meaning.
Many patriotic organizations hold parades and other Flag
Flag Day was first officially observed in 1877 to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of the selection of the
flag. Congress requested all public buildings to fly the
flag on June 14 of that year. Some people suggested that
Flag Day be observed each year. Early leaders of
campaigns to establish Flag Day as an annual national
celebration included William T. Kerr of Pittsburgh and
Bernard J. Cigrand of Waubeka, Wis. In 1897, the governor
of New York proclaimed a Flag Day celebration for the
first time as an annual event in that state. President
Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day as an annual national
celebration in his proclamation issued on May 30, 1916.
In 1949, President Harry S. Truman officially recognized
June 14 as Flag Day by signing the National Flag Day
Bill. ~From World Book Encyclopedia~
Betsy Ross sewed
the first American flag.
designed the flag? Betsy Ross sewed it, but who
designed it? The answer, according to the experts at the
Betsy Ross house, is that it was possibly designed by
Francis Hopkinson, a New Jersey delegate to the
Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of
are the stars in a circle?
The stars were in a circle so that no one colony would be
viewed above another. It is reported that George Washington said, "Let
the 13 stars in a circle stand as a new constellation in
Flag is a glorious ensign,
Our Nation in epitome;
Its red...our blood,
Its stars...our world,
Its blue...our loyalty!
with this liberty threatened,
We must keep faith with our Flag;
Give our best to God and our country
And never let our interest lag.
We must pledge to it new allegiance,
The Republic too, and then stand
Our Nation under God, indivisible,
With justice for all in the land.
Flag is far more than a bunting,
This poem, and prayer, prophecy...
Is a Nation led of Almighty God,
America, Land of the Free!
by Jessie Whiteside Finks~
Here are the Bible Verses with the word "Flag" in them. There are
And Flags three times. But in the Bible "Flags"
are water plants.