Alton High School's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC), assisted Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC in celebrating Flag Day. 

A Big Thank you to Alton High School AFJROTC for coming out and assisting us with our flag day celebration.  We would also like to acknowledge the Granite City Fire Department for fixing the rope on our flag pole so our colors may rise high. 

Flag Day is June 14th and celebrates the official symbol fo the United States: our Stars and Stripes.  Flag Day was first recognized by Congress on June 14, 1777, which became known as Flag Day.

Not only is the U. S. Flag older than the Union Jack of Great Britain and the tri-color flag of France, but also is the only flag to have been flown on the moon.

Congress first stated that there should be a star and stripe for every state.  Our first flag had 13 stars, 7 red and 6 white stripes.  In 1794, two new states were added and we had a flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes.  By 1818, there were 20 states, but our Country was still using the flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes.  Congress thought about having 20 stripes, and agreed that it might become a probelm because of its size so they passed a law that said there would be 13 stripes for the original 13 states and they would add a star for each new state that joined the union. 

The U. S. flag is 13 stripes, 7 red and 6 white.  A blue field with 50 stars is located next to the staff in the upper left corner of the flag.  It extends from the top to the lower edge of the fourth red stripe.  The stars are arranged in alternationg rows of six and five representing the 50 states of the United States. The stars do not represent any given state.

The colors used in the flag gave special meaning to the flag: Red for valor and zeal, White for hope and cleanliness of life, and Blue, the color of Heaven, for reverence and loyalty.

The stars are an ancient symbol of the heavens.  Our flag's 50 stars represent each state as part of the nation, but also a separate level of government.  Our federal government was not given the power to control, so that each state would be able to govern themselves in those things they could do better.  When you are looking at the falg, you are looking at the magnificent history of all Americans who have lived before us, your own ancestors, the most enduring nation of free people that has ever existed.

Information on Flag Day History taken from:

http://www.vfwpost5319.org/flag-day.html

 



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