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A day to salute the American flag

Man creates his own ship of state and is responsible for not only the laying of the keel, but for the soul and crew that can render its mission to be honest, and man determines the ship’s ultimate fate.

This day, a couple of lifetimes ago, a new and untested concept of a nation was just coming into reality. The formalities had not yet been completed, but the goals were being fine-tuned into rules of law that spelled the details of how 13 colonies could, upon seceding from British domination, unite and form a new nation.

Probably the first visible indication of revolt is the appearance of a flag of opposition. The newly formed Continental Congress, upon declaring independence from England, appeared not to have shown any rush to show its colors. For the future United States, the early flag was that of a serpent and overall was the logo, “Don’t tread on me.”

That flag was soon followed by the East India Company flag as the banner symbolizing the Continental Congress, still clinging to some possibility of reconciliation. But then the stamp tax and other acts by the British directed at controlling commerce were enacted. It was time to rally to the flag!

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed a resolution that the flag of the United States be of 13 stripes, alternating between red and white, with 13 stars.

President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed June 14 as a national commemoration of the day our flag was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. All hail Old Glory.

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