Candid Reflections

June 14, 2008

The Stars and Stripes – Flag Day

Filed under: Everything Else, Homeschool — candid reflections @ 8:56 am

We’ve been studying the American Revolution in History.  We just read that it was at the Second Continental Congress of June 14, 1777, that the stars and stripes were adopted as the design for the flag of our United States – our first flag sporting 13 red and white stripes and 13 stars on a blue field.  The stars were “a new constellation” in the world’s nations.  

I arrived home from the state home-school-curriculum convention yesterday to find that The Historian had raised The Stars and Stripes from the attic window.  Our flag flies high today in honor of our great nation, and we remember the sacrifice from more than 25,000 Continental Army soldiers and the uncounted militiamen who gave their lives to fight for the independance of this nation that we call ours.























To honor our flag, Americans follow these practices:

  • Never let the flag touch the ground.
  • Raise it rapidly and lower it ceremoniously.
  • Fly the flag from sunrise to sunset (and never in bad weather), with the stars always in the upper left corner.
  • Fly it at half-mast in times of national mourning.
  • Display it on state and national holidays and special occasions-especially on Flag Day, June 14th.

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