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Today, June 14, 2014, is Flag Day

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"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" - Francis Bellamy (1855-1931), author or the original version

Hopefully, most Americans will remember that today is Flag Day.Yes, many of us “older folks” learned that Betsy Ross made the first American flag. Unfortunately, this American fable has never been verified.

In truth, our history books have recorded that the first “official” American flag had 13 alternating red and white alternating stripes with 13 stars on a blue canton (both representing each of the 13 colonies). On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved this design. Later, in 1818, Congress fixed the number of red and white stripes at 13 and allowed the number of stars to represent the current number of states.

History books also tell us that President Wilson designated June 14 as Flag Day by proclamation. However, it did not become official until President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day

June 14 is a dual celebration that most people will have missed. Today is the 239th Birthday of the U.S. Army. The United States Army joined with New York City on Friday, June 13, to begin this year's birthday celebration with the theme, "America's Army: Our Profession."

As you travel about your city, you will find most veterans flying the American flag not only today, but every day. That’s who we are – and that’s what we do.

So, in honor of Flag Day and before the weekend is over, please thank those whom you know who are presently serving or who have previously served. Just send them a message by phone or email.

We veterans would appreciate your kind thoughts.

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