The History of Flag Day

American Flag At Assisted Living DayThe true history of the most popular flag in the world is so full of traditions and legends that it is almost impossible to establish the real factors. Today, the American flag has 13 stripes and 50 stars; stripes are horizontal, red and white. The red stripes symbolize courage, while the white ones symbolize freedom. The stars are white, on a blue background, representing the 50 states. The US flag is commonly named “Old Glory”, the “Stars and Stripes” or the “Star-spangled Banner”.

In 1977, the flag`s journey through history begins. That year, the Congress of the newly formed nation approved the First Flag Act. This document included the particularities of the flag`s design, at the time:  13 horizontal stripes (alternatively red and white), and thirteen white stars put on a blue background) – the symbol of a new Constellation (the newly formed nation). The thirteen stripes and stars were obviously a symbol for the number of states at the moment.

Over the years, the number of stars changed, while the number of stripes remained constant, with only one variation, in 1794, with the co-optation of two more states, and then returning to the 13 stripes in 1818.

The last variant, the one of August 21, 1959, is the 27th variant, with 50 stars, adopted after the accession of Hawaii to the confederation, during the mandate of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Places like the wonderful assisted living Tyler centers and other major cities still recognize “Flag Day” and fly the American flag.