Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day

Girl Scouts reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
On this day in 1777, the Second Continental Congress standardized the first American Flag, the Betsy Ross Flag, consisting with 13 stars and stripes, symbolizing the thirteen original states (colonies) to enter the Union. Those thirteen stripes still exist today with 37 more stars. In result, the United States celebrates Flag Day today.

Today is the day I hope everyone will raise the Flag on the flagpole, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and sing the National Anthem at home, school, or work. My Catholic wife would do the same thing, but save the anthem for federal holidays and special events.
 
Today, the little town of Bristol, Rhode Island begins the nation's oldest continuous 4th of July celebration, now in its 226th year. Their website may be accessed here.

Benedictus Deus Americam.

God Bless America. 

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