Monday, September 19, 2011


On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Second Continental Congress passed the following Resolution : "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."

On May 14, 1804, by order 0f President Thomas Jefferson, the explores Lewis and Clark set forth on their journey to map and record the vast territory of the recently acquired Louisiana Purchase. Traveling by boat, foot and canoe. After two years of travel they carried the American flag all the way to the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

After the two day bombardment of Ft. McHenry in Baltimore harbor. on the morning of September 14th, 1814. the battered garrison flag was still visible. Young lawyer Francis Scott Key was inspired by sight to write his famous poem, which later became the national anthem. That flag featured fifteen stars and fifteen stripes, and is now on display at the Smithsonian.

The flag featured in the iconic photo "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" taken by Joe Rosenthal was the second flag raised on Mt. Suribachi that day, larger then the first . Both flags are preserved at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Like all US flags during World War two, they boast 48 stars, as Hawaii and Alaska had not yet joined the union as states.

July 20, 1969, the world watched breathless as Neil Armstrong made history. The first man to set foot upon the moon, he planted a specially supported US Flag. The Flag still stands, next to a plaque which reads, "Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind."


welcome to my world of poetry said...

I found this so interesting again, it's all facts I never knew. Thanks for sharing.

Take care.

Denise said...

I absolutely love your posts Margaret. Thank you for my American History lesson today. Love learning about it especially when it is done in such an interesting way as in your post.

Gigi Ann said...

You must love to do research. I can see you did a lot of research for these two posts about Old Glory.

Thanks for all your visits, I really do appreciate them. I hope you are doing well. I expect we will be having a nice Fall week this week.

Merle said...

Hi Margaret ~~ Well done on the two posts about your flag. Well done my friend. I did
enjoy having Rebecca and appreciated all her help. I agree old age isn't the most fun with our memory, hearing and eyesight all leaving a bit to be desired. Glad you
liked Patricia's 'He said" ones and the other stories. Take care dear friend,
Love, Merle.

T.O. Geezer aka ~Ron said...

Thanks for a most interesting post. Good historical info.

Have a nice day Margaret.... and by the way, thanks for your recent comment on my Bounty Hunters post. :-)


Kay said...

Wonderful, Margaret! I love how you are teaching everybody things that are so good to know.

Arti said...

All this is so new to me. Thanks for increasing my knowledge. Have a fabulous sunday Margaret:)

romance-of-roses said...

Wow! so interesting. You know it doesn't seem that long ago that Neil Armstrong raised our flag on the moon, does it....and it was in 1969, I remember it well. Time just goes so fast. They say that as we get older time goes by faster but my granddaughter is young and she feels the same way, so who knows. Hugs...Lu

Linda said...

It's always a fascinating history lesson when I visit your blog. :) Thanks for how well you always put everything together.

Hope you're having a good week thus far.

Merle said...

Hi again Margaret ~~Thanks for your comments and I am glad you enjoyed the
Snapdragons and the Curtain Rods.
They thought they were so clever even taking the curtains and rods. So funny.
Take care dear friend, Love, Merle.

Anonymous said...

Nice work in these posts, Margaret. The country, and the people who live here, are not really familiar with a lot of this information. I think soldiers have a lot of respect for the flag—at least I do.

Babli said...

Nice to visit your blog after a long time. I read the Old Glory Part 1 & 2 and its very nice as well as interesting. Very informative post.
You are welcome at my new posts-

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