Friday, June 14, 2013

Flag Day and Happy Birthday to the Army!

The Second Continental Congress first approved a national flag on June 14, 1777.  Flag Day was first recognized in 1877, then was recognized nationally when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation to establish the nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14, 1916.  It is not a national holiday, but is recognized as a legal holiday in Pennsylvania.

Each color of the flag stands for something:  red stands for hardiness and valor; white symbolizes purity and innocence; and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. 

  • The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. If the flag is displayed at night it should be illuminated.
  • Never allow the flag to touch the ground or the floor.
  • When displayed on a wall or window the blue field should be in the upper left corner.
  • The flag should be raised quickly and lowered ceremoniously.

  • The U.S. flag is flown 24 hours a day by either presidential proclamation or law at the following places:
    • Fort McHenry, National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore, Maryland
    • Flag House Square, Baltimore, Maryland
    • United States Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington, Virginia
    • On the Green of the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts
    • The White House, Washington, D.C.
    • United States Customs Ports of Entry
    • Grounds of the National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge State Park, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
    There are 6 American flags on the moon. They were planted by crews from Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

    Today is also the 238th birthday of the U.S. Army.

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