An American Summer is red, white, and blue. Beginning with Memorial Day and on into July, these colors are inseparable from our vacation days and celebrations. Today is Flag Day and the streets of my home town are lined with flags. The Boy Scout Troops in the LDS Wards set up the flags for each flag holiday throughout the year...this is how they raise funds for their activities. They learn flag ettiquette and how to care for this precious symbol. I'm so proud of these young people and I admire the example set by the boys' leaders. Only the hardest of hearts could fail to swell at the sight of so many flags.
Flag Days Origins...
Flag Day was officially signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949, but has been celebrated for over 200 years. But what are it's true origins? From the National Flag Day Foundation website I found the following information:
"The “Stars and Stripes”, the official National symbol of the United States of America was authorized by congress on that Saturday of June 14, 1777 in the fifth item of the days agenda. The entry in the journal of the Continental Congress 1774-1789 Vol. Vlll 1777 reads “Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be Thirteen stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”"