June 14th is celebrated as Flag Day in the United States because this is the date in 1777 when the U.S. Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes for the nation’s official flag. The first flag, as most know, was sewn by Betsy Ross of Philadelphia. It was the 15-star and 15-stripe flag which flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore to write the poem which was later turned into the “Star-Spangled Banner”. 15 stripes?? This is not a typo as the original plan was to add a star and a stripe when a new state entered the union. This was later amended to the 13 stripes to represent the 13 original colonies that became the first states. There have been 26 different versions of the U.S. flag as states have been added. Our current flag with 50 stars has been in existence since 1960. Fly your flag proudly and often.
Today is also the 237th birthday of the United States army which was formed by the Continental Congress to face the British soldiers in Boston, Massachusetts and predates the birth of the U.S. as a country. General George Washington was appointed the first commander-in-chief and took command of the army on July 3, 1775. Today approximately 1.5 million men and women proudly serve this county in over 150 countries worldwide. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Bonnie Marron