What exactly is FLAG DAY? It's a US holiday commemorating the adoption of the American flag. In addition, the United States Army celebrates its birthday on the same day. Flag Day is part of National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation's freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country's ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation's unity.
Many people in the United States honor this day by displaying the American flag at homes and public buildings. Other popular ways of observing this holiday include: flag-raising ceremonies; Flag Day services; school quizzes and essay competitions about the American flag; musical salutes; street parades; and awards for special recognition. And of course, we imagine that quilters around the country might take to fabric as a creative way to celebrate the day. May we suggest LOVE & GLORY by Faye Burgos?
Did You Know...
- The American flag, also nicknamed as "Old Glory" or "star-spangled banner", has changed designs over the centuries.
- It consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars.
- Each of the 50 stars represents one of the 50 states in the United States and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union.