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|Should the USA Flag be displayed 24 / 7 ?|
Stars and Stripes
Should the USA Flag be displayed 24 hours a day and seven days a week?|
At what Cost? Many lives have been lost fighting for and under the flag of the
United States of America; has this alone not paid the greatest cost of all? Ask any veteran;
I am sure that most will agree that our municipalities should show a great respect for the flag and display it proudly and properly at all times.
The flag has always been a battle standard first and everything else second.
As such, The flag has always supported the soldiers and lifted their morale,
not the reverse. It is the politicians trying to rally political support for a
war that shouldn't be fought and using the flag as part of their rallying cry
that gives the statement above its justification.
The flag is a complex symbol, around which emotions run high.
The flag of the United States is one of the nation's widely recognized and used symbols.
There is a protocol for putting the flagup and taking it down and folding it. Just follow that
if you decide not to display on a continual basis.
The journals of the Continental Congress indicate that Francis Hopkinson, a Congressman from New Jersey and patriot, was the true designer of the flag and Betsy Ross doing the sewing from her upholstery shop on Arch Street in Philadelphia.
On June 14, 1777, The Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act stating,
"Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."
Realizing that the addition of a new star and new stripe for each new State was impractical, Congress passed the Flag Act of 1818 which returned the flag design to 13 stripes and specified 20 stars for the 20 states. This Flag became the Official United States Flag on April 13th, 1818.
On December 3, 1818, Illinois was admitted to the Union as the 21st State.
The 21 Star Flag, for the addition of Illinois, became the Official United States Flag on July 4th, 1819. This was the official flag for just one year. The only President to serve under this flag was James Monroe (1817-1825).
In 1949, President Harry S Truman officially named June 14th as Flag Day.
Legend has it that, when Lee's Army of Northern Virginia invaded the North (before the battle of Gettysburg), they encountered a buxom young woman dressed in a blouse made to look like a flag, which she displayed prominently from a second story window at passing Confederate soldiers. A Confederate officer stopped by at her window and said: "Ma'am, I don't intend to tell you what to wear or not wear, but please be advised that my men are adept at storming 'breastworks'." The flag disappeared.
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