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STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER

Hello Precious Family and Friends,

America only has two national symbols, the bald eagle and the American flag. While the bald eagle is internationally recognized, the American flag is a symbol known worldwide.  The eagle is symbolic of freedom, authority, and power and has long been the national bird of the country and is one of the best known symbols of the United States of America.  In 1782, the Continental Congress adopted the Seal of the United States, which depicts a bald eagle holding 13 olive branches in one talon and 13 arrows in the other, the number 13 representing the thirteen original colonies. The symbol of the olive branch stands for the power to make peace, while the symbol of the arrows stand for the power to make war.

 The flag is so important that its history tells the story of America itself.

History of the American Flag Banner

The flag of the United States is commonly known as the “Stars and Stripes” or “Old Glory.” On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” It is unknown whether Betsy Ross sewed the first flag created under this resolution; many historians view this story as a myth. The current 50-star flag is the 27th “edition” of the flag and the one that has been in use the longest, since 1960. In 1818, Congress passed a law stating that a new star be added for each new state; the 13 stripes would remain constant to represent the 13 colonies.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister and magazine writer for The Youth’s Companion. The Pledge was first published in 1892 in The Youth’s Companion. It was included in an ad for the “Official Programme for the National Columbia Public School Celebration of October 12, 1892,” a celebration of the 400 year anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America. On this day in New York City, the pledge was first recited. The rest of the nation participated in the ceremony on Oct. 21, where millions of schoolchildren recited the Pledge.

In writing the Pledge, Bellamy was inspired by the great speeches of Lincoln and Webster and also by the Civil War and the slogan of the French Revolution, “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.” The wording of the Pledge has been changed several times since its birth. Most of these changes were made so the Pledge would be specific and more unique to the United States.

The Pledge of Allegiance

 1892

“I pledge allegiance to my flag
and the Republic for which it stands,
one nation, indivisible,
with liberty and Justice for all

  

  Updated in 1954  

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States  of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all”

The Stars and Stripes Forever Lyrics

by John Philip Sousa – 1897


Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom’s shield and hope.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation,
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with might endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

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Pray for America.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”  Psalm 33:12

“Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people:”

 Exodus 19:5

 

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