Long may it wave

U.S. flag was adopted 235 years ago today

By The Mercury

It’s probably good that Congress in 1966 asked presidents to issue proclamations each year designating the week in which June 14 falls as National Flag Week. Otherwise, Flag Day just might pass without notice.

That would be a shame. Today is the anniversary of the day in 1777 that the Continental Congress adopted a flag with 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes as our national flag. We weren’t much of a nation then; the Declaration of Independence wasn’t quite a year old, and the Revolution was years from being won.

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