Early Light: Raise a flag today


Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating this day as Flag Day.

Prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Congressional legislation designating that date as the national Flag Day was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949; the legislation also called upon the president to issue a flag day proclamation every year.

According to legend, in 1776, George Washington commissioned Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross to create a flag for the new nation. Scholars debate this legend, but agree that Mrs. Ross most likely knew Washington and sewed flags.

To date, there have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag, but the arrangement of the stars varied according to the flag-makers’ preferences until 1912 when President Taft standardized the then-new flag’s forty-eight stars into six rows of eight. The forty-nine-star flag (1959-60), as well as the fifty-star flag, also have standardized star patterns. The current version of the flag dates to July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became the fiftieth state on August 21, 1959.

So, where should you display the flag?  According to www.homeofthe heroes.com, history gives us a tip.  Since medieval times, the position of honor was usually thought of as “to the right” of the kind or ruler.  Thus the term “right-hand man.”

The custom continues today but my question is, should it be place to the right of the viewer or the right of the presenter?  That’s probably open for argument.  Just proudly displaying the flag is good enough.

One thought on “Early Light: Raise a flag today

  1. Hi Girls!

    Glad you are enjoying your trip. I’m enjoying reading and seeing pictures.
    By the way, did you happen to see any weddings on the beach?


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