Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day in the USA

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress pass the Flag Resolution that stated “…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…”.  The Resolution did not designate any particular arrangement for the stars and their number has now grown from thirteen to fifty representing the 50 current States within the USA.

Flag Day has its roots going way back to 1885 when the idea was developed  by schoolteacher BJ Cigrand.  Other teachers, children and school boards soon joined in, celebrating the flag with parades, pageants and local patriotic programs.  After 30 years of unofficial celebrations, and on the Anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, President Wilson officially established Flag Day in 1916.  An Act of Congress was subsequently signed by President Truman in 1949 that designated National Flag Day would always be on June 14th..

American Flag at half-staff in front of a monument
constructed of pink Etowah marble that was
dedicated in 1927 to “the memory of those who served their country”
and stands at the entrance to the Bay Pines National Cemetery grounds.
A MIA-POW flag stands to the left in this photo.

The CT Quilters Group will meet tomorrow (Friday, June 15th) to work on Quilts of Valor.  All are welcome to join!

1 comment:

  1. Please join us tomorrow (Friday, June 15th) as we put together two country themed quilt tops, make pillowcases, cut borders, make binding, iron, cut fabric kits and put kits together. There's something for everyone to do. As you read in our blog we have given out one quilt to the nephew of one of our quilters and have delivered 7 to the VA.
    We currently have two more completed and six tops ready for quilting. It is fun and rewarding. Many of our members joined our group to do this for our Military but also to meet people who love to quilt and sew. Crafty Threads is a warming and welcoming place to meet. So join us, if you can't you can always take home a kit when you visit the store or donate red, white and blue fabric.

    We want to thank the Warm Company who wanted to partner with us in this endeavor and have donated eight (8) twin size battings. Our blog administrator will be adding a link to their website, as we encourage you to support those who support us.

    Hope to see you tomorrow. We meet from 10am to 2pm.

    Pat - CT Quilter