The LuLac Edition #1639, June 14th, 2011
PHOTO INDEX: FLAG DAY.
FLAG DAY 2011
Today is Flag Day, when we Americans celebrate the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the nation's banner by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, We recollect and reflect on the flag's importance as a symbol of "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
The symbolic power of the flag is illustrated in stories from many aspects of our nation's history.
During the War of 1812 Francis Scott Key was exhilarated when he saw the Stars and Stripes still flying over Fort McHenry's defenders of Baltimore Harbor. He wrote of the experience in "The Star-Spangled Banner," which has inspired listeners and vexed singers for two centuries. But perhaps the most inspiring is when we realize what the Flag means, freedom. It is also a symbol of our perseverance as a nation.