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June 14, 2013

Nation’s flag: Symbol of strength, unity and freedom

CLAREMORE —

Today, Americans celebrate Flag Day, recognizing our nation’s flag as a symbol of strength and unity. The American Flag has been a prominent icon throughout our country’s history.
The history of the flag and flag etiquette are among the first lessons learned by cadets in the Navy Junior ROTC program at Claremore High School.
“We have an entire chapter in our textbooks dedicated to this subject, which we all take very seriously,” said Chief Skip Jasper, USN (Ret), Naval Science Instructor at CHS. “After the history of the flag, Flag Day, we teach our cadets how to raise, take down, and fold the flag. We discuss how the flag of the United States of America is a living symbol that calls to our spirit. It’s what represents us, what we stand for, what we feel, what we value. We teach our cadets to view the flag with devotion, that it signifies a people dedicated to liberty, justice and freedom to all.”
It was Jan. 1, 1776 that the Continental Army was reorganized in accordance with a Congressional resolution which placed American forces under George Washington’s control. On that New Year’s Day the Continental Army was laying siege to Boston which had been taken over by the British Army. Washington ordered the Grand Union flag hoisted above his base at Prospect Hill. It had 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner.
In May 1776, Betsy Ross reported that she sewed the first American flag.
On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” 

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