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Old 06-14-2007, 04:20 PM   #1
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Cool Happy Flag Day!


Happy Flag Day!

celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.
Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937 Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.



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Old 06-14-2007, 06:54 PM   #2
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1777 : Continental Congress chooses national flag

On this day in 1777, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that "the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white" and that "the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."
The national flag, which became known as the "stars and stripes," was based on the "Grand Union" flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the flag, which consisted of a circle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General George Washington. Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this legend.
With the entrance of new states into the United States after independence, new stripes and stars were added to represent new additions to the Union. In 1818, however, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 original stripes be restored and that only stars be added to represent new states.
On June 14, 1877, the first Flag Day observance was held on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the American flag. As instructed by Congress, the U.S. flag was flown from all public buildings across the country. In the years after the first Flag Day, several states continued to observe the anniversary, and in 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance.

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1775

The United States Army was founded.
1777

The Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the U.S.
1922

Warren Harding became the first president to be heard on the radio.
1940

German troops entered Paris. The Nazis opened the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
1951

The first commercial computer, Univac I, was unveiled.
1954

President Eisenhower signed the order inserting the words "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance.
1982

Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the Falkland Islands.

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Old 06-14-2007, 06:56 PM   #3
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What a ridiculous holiday. Why do we celebrate a flag?
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What a ridiculous holiday. Why do we celebrate a flag?
Not that I "celebrate" it much.. I believe it deserves a certain amount of recognition.. and not just for the "flag" itself.. but for the history behind it. and for what it "stands for"
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I am proud of our Stars and Stripes. I have said the Pledge of Allegiance thousands of times facing the flag, thanks to our government mandated public school system.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:15 PM   #6
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We have other holidays that celebrate the history and purpose of our country. A day to celebrate the flag is retarded.
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