On June 14, 1777, our Continental Congress passed a resolution to create a flag for the new United States. The design was to follow the British Continental colors. There were to be 13 stripes of red and white. There was to be a union of 13 white stars set in a field of blue, representing a new constellation.
The first efforts to create a flag day were by schoolchildren. It was not until 1916 that President Wilson officially established "Flag Day."
And still years later (1949), President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 each year to be the official National Flag Day.
It would be a genuine thrill to drive down Manatee Avenue and see our flag in front of each address. An even greater thrill would be to see an American flag in front of every American home.
Our flag is us. Only Americans honor the American flag. Other people around the world honor their own nation's flag.
In our flag we can see every veteran and every patriotic citizen who helped bring America to where it is today.
We should honor our flag every day of the year, but most especially on June 14. There were men representing each of the 13 colonies in Philadelphia on that date in 1777. Altogether more than 300 men attended our Continental Congresses. Included in those first Americans were men like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock. All those men put their lives on the line so that we might be free today. Let us salute our flag for them.