Flag Day 2017: Trivia, facts, quotes on day to celebrate Old Glory

Our view: Mark Flag Day with respect

Do you know the history of Flag Day?

The Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held their first Flag Day celebration on June 14, 1891; the Society of the Sons of the Revolution started Flag Day celebrations a year later. However, it was not designated as National Flag Day until August 3rd, 1949, when an Act of Congress designated June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day- the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777- was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. FMAA is committed to educating consumers, the press and flag retailers about the United States-manufactured flag industry and its significance to community, economic and social development. Driver referred to the 10-foot by 17-foot flag as "Old Glory", inspiring the name for all American flags. For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect.

- Today, the flag has 13 horizontal strips, alternating red and white, to represent the 13 original colonies, as well as 50 stars over a blue patch, one for each state.

There have been 27 official versions of the flag; stars have been added to it as states have entered the union. President Eisenhower signed an executive order on January 3, 1959, which provided the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars, staggering the stars horizontally and vertically. Washington, which became a state in 1889, is a relative newcomer to the blue field - its star is the 42nd.

- The American flag is usually displayed from sunrise to sunset and taken down in inclement weather. In July 1969, the American flag was flown in space when Neil Armstrong placed it on the moon.

When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way - with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. According to U.S. Flag Code, the flag should not touch anything beneath it and shouldn't be allowed to be soiled or torn.

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"The things that the flag stands for were created in experiences of a great people".

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

Today, those of us who understand that this flag stands not for political division but for unity and goal that creates freedom and independence need to stand up proud and tall. And they are free to do it, not because of the flag, but because of the liberty it symbolizes.

Creating the American flag, an enduring symbol of freedom since the Revolutionary War, has been a prestigious craft for US -based flag makers for many years.

It seems appropriate for the U.S. Army and the Stars and Stripes share the same birthday, even though their creation was two years apart.

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