On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress adopted the first official flag (13 white stars in a field of blue, 13 red and white stripes). Flag Day has been celebrated on June 14th since 1877. Congress formally recognized June 14th as Flag Day in 1949.
Today was the funeral for the father of three Archmere graduates and grandfather of four Archmere students (two graduated and two current students). He served in the Army during World War II and after the Mass of Christian Burial his body was draped with the American flag; it was presented to his widow at the cemetery, the gift “of a grateful nation.”
As we “pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America” may we be “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
On June 14, 1777, the United States Continental Congress adopted the first official national flag day. In 1893, Philadelphia recognized June 14 as a day on which the United States’ flag should be hoisted on public buildings. In 1949, Congress recognized June 14 as Flag Day.
As we “pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,” we pray that our nation will be “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”