On the 14th of June 1777, Congress signed the resolution to welcome the official flag to the newly established country, the USA. It was a big day, where we finally shared with the world that we are an independent country. In 1949 it became an official Flag Day when Truman declared it.
“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
- Amateur poet Francis Scott Key was so inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after a British bombardment that he wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sept. 14, 1814. This anthem became our official national anthem in 1931.
- In 1892, James B. Upham and Francis Bellamy wrote The Pledge of Allegiance
The American flag is to many a symbol of freedom and prosperity. People around the world know something good is coming when they see the American flag. It shows strength and valor. Enemies flee when they see the might US army coming, although they tend to burn it in defiance when they are far away.
It is proudly waived in front of houses, buildings, and cars. We should take pride in the flag, and salute the birth and freedom it has brought.
Some might kneel. Some might stand. As long as they respect the flag and the sacrifices made to safeguard and protect freedoms around the World, and domestic, then we should not argue. We have different ways to show gratitude, and we can honor our fallen heroes both ways.
To my family, the US has adopted us and treated us very well. We have felt a strong sense of belonging and our patriotic feelings have grown ever since arriving in the US in 2011 and being greeted by the beautiful Statue of Liberty.
We are now US citizens and we proudly flag the Old Glory outside our house and salute it when we attend ceremonies. We salute and honor this flag, and the opportunities this land has given us.