A salute to America's flag

Our flag was officially adopted on June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress resolved that "the Flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, that the Union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation". This is the final design of our United States Flag.

"For more than two centuries, Americans have saluted Old Glory in times of trial and triumph".

So this year, as we can again use the reminder that - different as we all are, and varied as our opinions may be - we live under a single banner, it will be nice to see the extra flags flown with pride throughout our communities.

The Idaho Flag found its beginning as a gift to the Idaho First Infantry which served in the Spanish American War in 1898. The new flag featured 13 stars, white on blue, and 13 stripes in alternating red and white.

There have been 27 official versions of the flag so far; stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. On National Flag Day, raise the flag and fly it proudly. President Eisenhower signed an executive order on January 3, 1959, which provided the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars, staggering the stars horizontally and vertically.

It is customary for the flag to be displayed from sunrise to sunset. Philadelphia schools held Flag Day services in 1893 on Independence Square. Fly our US flag proudly.

- When the flag is hung vertically on a wall, window or door the Union (blue) should be to the observer's left.

For some, our flag is an object of scorn and derision, representing the Great Satan, the imperialist enemy, an obstacle to the oligarchs and autocrats who would bring the world to heel. That flag is preserved and displayed in the state capitol.

The flag should never be draped or drawn back in folds.

When the flag is worn out or otherwise no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

Valley Forge America is also a founding member of the Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA).

And Flag Day, we will render honor to our American flag, the symbol of freedom. And they are free to do it, not because of the flag, but because of the liberty it symbolizes. "Listen to it! Every star has a tongue, every stripe is articulate".

  • Larry Hoffman