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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.

 

Today, millions of Americans observe Flag Day by waving Old Glory outside their homes and businesses.

As the legend goes, it was George Washington and two other members of the Continental Congress who asked Betsy Ross to sew the first American flag sometime in the late spring of 1776. The young widow was only in her early 20s when she completed the first flag with 13 stars arranged in a circle.

A year later, the Continental Congress officially adopted the design for the national flag, and henceforward the Stars and Stripes symbolized the U.S. around the world.

The first “official” Flag Day was celebrated in 1877 – the flag’s centennial. Then, in 1916, a grass roots movement resulted in President Woodrow Wilson issuing a proclamation that called for a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14. It was not until 1949 that Congress made the day a permanent observance in America by resolving, “That the 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated as Flag Day.”

Old Glory always shines brightly, acquiring its brilliance from American veterans who have fought and died to preserve it.

It was at Fort McHenry in 1814, when Francis Scott Key wrote our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It was there at Iwo Jima, when the sight of Old Glory waving atop Mount Suribachi inspired American soldiers fighting in World War II. And it was there on Sept. 11, 2001, when rescue workers rose above the rubble of the World Trade Center and raised our flag as a symbol of our fortitude in the aftermath of tragedy.

Regardless of where you stand on any political, social or other issues, this is still the greatest country on earth, and we should all take this time to show our national pride.

 

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