When did we start celebrating Flag Day? In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14. How did he pick that date?
It goes back to June 14, 1777. That's when the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that "the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation," according to the History Channel.
What do the stars and stripes currently represent? The stripes represent the 13 original colonies, while the 50 stars represent the number of states. Betsy Ross designed the flag, right? Don't be so sure about it. The History Channel explains, "To this day, no one knows who designed the flag or why that particular color combination and pattern were chosen. Although legend holds that Betsy Ross made the first American flag in 1776 after being asked to do so by Washington, primary sources backing up that assertion are scarce."
What's vexillology and why does it matter on Flag Day? It's the study of flags. Pretty cool, huh?
What's the significance of the colors on the flag? According to PBS: Red symbolizes hardiness and valor; white symbolizes purity and innocence; blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. Displaying the US flag. Raise the flag briskly, lower it ceremoniously. Never allow the flag to touch the ground or the floor. Do not fly the flag in bad weather, unless it is an all weather flag. Unless properly illuminated, only fly the flag from sunrise to sunset. It should never be used to carry, store, or deliver anything. And never fly the flag upside down except to signal an emergency.
This is part of the Park Family Insurance ongoing education series for Roseville Home Insurance and Rocklin Home Insurance, prevention is key!