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Flag Day in the U.S.A.

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It’s Flag Day here in the United States of America. We celebrate the adoption of our flag by the Second Continental Congress:

“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.”

Second Continental Congress – June 14, 1777

The Star Spangled Banner (All four verses)

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I [still] 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.

VFW Flag Etiquette & History Page


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15 responses to “Flag Day in the U.S.A.”

  1. Lisa Mae ❤️ Avatar

    You had me at the first picture!

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you!

  2. John Avatar

    YES! I give this 10,000 “Yesses!”

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you!

  3. Jacqui Murray Avatar

    Need more share buttons… Great post, Herb. I have my flag hanging proudly over my front door.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you!

      1. John Avatar

        You more than welcome… you had me with the American Flag being your pride flag… it is mine too.

  4. GP Avatar

    Flag Day and Army Birthday – what could be better.
    https://pacificparatrooper.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/army-birthday.jpg

  5. WebbBlogs Avatar

    I am almost 53 years old and I think this is the first time I read every word of The Star Spangled Banner. Great post Herb 😁😁

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you. Not everybody knows there are 4 verses to it.

  6. bluebird of bitterness Avatar

    👍🏼 👍🏼 👍🏼

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thanks!

  7. Sarah Angleton Avatar

    I think at one point I must have known there were additional verses to the “Star Spangled Banner,” but I didn’t know them.

    1. Herb Avatar

      I knew they existed but I only ever heard the first and last one.

  8. J P Avatar

    I had forgotten all about the later verses to our anthem. A hearty salute!

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