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Friday, June 12, 2015

Happy Birthday, Old Glory

Raise up your flag high and sing along with me:

You're a Grand Old Flag
By George M. Cohan

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.                                           

You're the emblem of
The land I love
The home of the free and the brave.  
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

June 14th is National Flag Day, a day to celebrate our country's flag.  Also nicknamed "Old Glory," it has had several designs over the centuries.  I am sure you are familiar with the original version with the 13 stars for the original colonies.  Our current version consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars.  You also probably know that each of the 50 stars represents one of the 50 states in the United States and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union.  Flag Day is a time when we Americans celebrate the freedom the flag of the United States represents.  It has been an enduring symbol of our country's ideals since its early days of our pursuit of liberty and justice.  Let's wish it many more "Happy Birthdays!"

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