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image of the day: Flag Day

Flag Day

America’s Flag Day, celebrated on June 14, commemorates the date in 1777 when John Adams spoke the following words before the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. ‘Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.’ Over the years, there have been 27 versions of the American flag. The present version was adopted on July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.

This photo was taken on September 11, 2003 at the Baghdad International Airport (BIA), Baghdad, Iraq, US Air Force (USAF) as personnel from the 447th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG) Command Staff raise an American flag during a memorial service dedicated to those who lost their lives September 11th, 2001.

Photo: Photographer A1C BRIAN FERGUSON, USAF, Department of Defense

Today’s Holiday: Bill of Rights Day (2014)

Today’s Holiday

Bill of Rights Day (2014)

The first 10 amendments to the US Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791. This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day and called upon Americans to observe it with appropriate patriotic ceremonies. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Second Continental Congress Passes Flag Resolution (1777)

Second Continental Congress Passes Flag Resolution (1777)

The Flag Resolution of 1777 authorized the first official design of the United States national flag. Since that time, the flag has undergone 26 changes, all of which have altered the star portion of the flag to represent the number of states in the Union. Originally, there was no elaborate symbolism attached to the flag’s colors. Meanings were assigned later, in 1782, when Charles Thomson gave a report to Congress defining the new Great Seal of the US. What do the colors now represent? More… Discuss


American Colonies Declare Independence (1776)

On June 11, 1776, one year into the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson and other delegates of the Continental Congress began drafting a formal declaration of their intent to form a new nation. Their final draft of the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Congress on July 4, a date that would become a national holiday. Most of the congressional delegates signed it that August. Why did John Adams predict that July 2nd—not the 4th—would be considered the greatest day in US history?More… Discuss