Flag Day
June 14
Old Glory
Long May She Wave


We Are A Privileged People To Live In This Free Country
Make No Mistake About It
Our Freedom Was Paid For With A Tremendous Cost
And Is Still Being Paid For By Our Armed Forces Even Today
Freedom Is Never Free


Please Pause For The Pledge Of Allegiance At 7:00 P.M. EDT

The Pledge of Allegiance

"I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag Of The United States Of America
And To The Republic For Which It Stands
One Nation Under God
Indivisible
With Liberty And Justice For All"

Francis Bellamy The Author Of These Above Words
Was An Ordained Minister And A Magazine Writer
Freemason Who Stated That His Aim Was To Say
What Our Republic Meant And What Was The Underlying Spirit Of Its Life
Bellamy Wrote The Pledge Of Allegiance In 1892
As Part Of The 400th Anniversary Of The Discovery Of America By Columbus
It Was Embraced By The Nation
It Almost Immediately Became A Part Of The School-Day Ritual
Bellamy's Original Text Has Been Altered Twice
In 1923
The Words "The Flag Of The United States of America"
Were Substituted For The Words "My Flag"
Congress Officially Recognized The Pledge In 1942
And Added The Words "Under God" In 1954


Flag Day Recognizes The June Day In 1777
When The Continental Congress Adopted The Stars And Stripes
As The Official Flag Of The United States
Flag Day Is The Birthday Of The United States Flag
It Became A Holiday In New York State In 1897
In The Next Few Years Other States Joined New York
It Was Not Until 1916
That President Woodrow Wilson Established Flag Day By National Proclamation
Flag Day Is Celebrated June 14th
The Week In Which June 14th Occurs Is National Flag Week


Flag Trivia

Question

The American Flag First Flew Over A Foreign Fort In What Country?

Answer

Libya -- Over Fort Derne, On The Shores Of Tripoli

Question

A Vexillologist Is An Expert In What?

Answer

The History Of Flags

Question

"Shipwreck" Kelly (1885-1952)
Was Famous For Sitting For Long Periods Of Time
What Did He Have To Do With Flags?

Answer

He Set Many Flagpole-Sitting Records
He Sat For 49 Days On One Flagpole
He Once Estimated That He Spent A Total Of Over 20,000 Hours Sitting On Flagpoles
Flagpole Sitting Was A Craze Started In Baltimore, Maryland, In 1929

Question

Who Cut The American Flag Into Pieces And Was Honored For Doing It?

Answer

Robert Peary
He Left Pieces Of The Flag Scattered At The North Pole

Question

Is It Ever Appropriate To Fly The Flag Upside Down?

Answer

Yes
But Only In An Emergency
It Means
"Help Me"
"I Am In Trouble!"

Question

What Is Done With Worn Or Outdated Flags?

Answer

Flags Are Used Until They Are Worn Out
They Are Then Destroyed
Preferably By Burning

Question

Francis Scott Key Wrote The Words To
"The Star-Spangled Banner" On The Back Of An Envelope
What Is The Source Of The Music For It?

Answer

The Music Is From An Old English Drinking Song Called
"To Anacreon In Heaven"




The Star-Spangled Banner
The National Anthem

Oh, Say Can You See
By The Dawn's Early Light
What So Proudly We Hail'd At The Twilight's Last Gleaming?
Whose Broad Stripes And Bright Stars
Thro' The Perilous Fight,
O'er The Ramparts We Watch'd Were So Gallantly Streaming?
And The Rockets' Red Glare
The Bombs Bursting In Air
Gave Proof Thro' The Night
That Our Flag Was Still There
Oh Say Does That Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave
O'er The Land Of The Free
And The Home Of The Brave?





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