The U.S. Flag
Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each and every brave person who died protecting it.
The flag not only represents our country but more importantly, the people that live under it. President Wilson once said:
“When I see the Flag… I see alternate stripes of parchment upon which are written the rights of liberty and justice, and stripes of blood to vindicate those rights.. The lines of blood, nobly and unselfishly shed by men who loved the liberty of their fellowmen more than they loved their own lives and fortunes. The things the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a people. Everything it stands for was written by their lives.”
Important Dates in History
1776: Betsy Ross reports that she sewed the first American flag
1777: The Second Continental Congress approved the design of the original American flag.
1794: President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union.
1846: The American flag was raised in Los Angeles for the first time
1960: Another star was added for Hawaii, leaving the flag with 50 stars
“It is the flag just as much of the person who was naturalized yesterday as of those whose people have been here many generations.”
– Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. Senator and historian (1850-1924)