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A New Constellation

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Established by Presidential Proclamation in 1916 and by act of Congress in 1949, June 14th of each year is designated as Flag Day.

The United States Flag means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

To me, the flag is a symbol of what the United States stands for, the freedoms we enjoy and the responsibilities we have as citizens. The old phrase is more true today than ever, “With great freedom comes great responsibility.” The flag is also a symbol of the changing United States, the growing United States, the United States that is learning more and more about itself as the years go by.

Our nation has shameful parts of its history, which cannot be forgotten. But we have always learned from these mistakes and are continuing to do so every day.

I hope that people take some time today to think about what the flag means to them, whether good or bad.

I’m flying three versions of the flag today, from left to right:

  • The Betsy Ross Flag (13 Stars / 13 Stripes)
  • The 50 Star Flag (50 Stars / 13 Stripes)
  • The Star Spangled Banner (15 Stars/ 15 Stripes)

Flag Day 2013


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