Happy Flag Day

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Happy Flag Day, Swaggernauts!

I think we probably all know of Flag Day’s existence, but most of us probably do not know the meaning of the holiday.  On June 14, 1777, the flag of the United States was adopted by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.  But it wasn’t until 1949 that National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

The flag of the United States depicts 13 horizontal stripes representing the 13 original colonies, and 50 five-pointed stars to represent the 50 states.  Throughout the years, different nicknames have been adopted for the flag including “Stars and Stripes,” “Old Glory,” and our national anthem name, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

There are celebratory events that happen all around the country to commemorate Flag Day.  Quincy, Massachusetts holds an annual Flag Day Parade, which started back in 1952.  The biggest Flag Day Parade occurs every year in Troy, New York, which bases its parade on the Quincy parade and typically draws 50,000 spectators. The oldest annual Flag Day parade, though, happens in Fairfield, Washington, and began as early as 1909.

How will you honor your flag today?