Monthly Archives: July 2016

Cookouts & Fireworks, Provided by Stars & Stripes

Surely this weekend you will find yourself cooking out and enjoying fireworks. Hopefully amongst your friends and family will also be a proudly flown American flag. In the middle of all the mayhem, take a moment to gaze at the Stars and Stripes, considering what they mean.

The Continental Congress approved the first flag on June 14, 1777, stating in the first Flag Act, “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.” 

The number 13 had to do with the 13 colonies that initially comprised the United States of America. Five more states joined the Union in 1818, so Congress passed legislation requiring Continue reading