Flag Day (6-16-16)

Well word is that the chicken noodle dinner was a fantastic success. We really appreciate the local businesses that ordered lunch and Jerry Sebert for cooking, Jim Hale for taking the orders, Jim Beckett for delivering, Babo Cater for desserts, and Jack Cross to handling all the green that flowed from the event. This fund raiser will continue the good work the Post does for the community and we appreciate it.

One of those community events continued this week with Flag Day, a nationally recognized day to respect our flag. In a time when many spoiled and unappreciative folks disrespect our colors we take the time in Hominy to show our love for Old Glory. In 1777, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The national flag, which became known as the “Stars and Stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the Stars and Stripes, which consisted of a circle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General George Washington. Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this legend.

With the entrance of new states into the United States after independence, new stripes and stars were added to represent new additions to the Union. In 1818, however, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 original stripes be restored and that only stars be added to represent new states. On June 14, 1877, the first Flag Day observance was held on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes. As instructed by Congress, the U.S. flag was flown from all public buildings across the country. In the years after the first Flag Day, several states continued to observe the anniversary, and in 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance.

So I hope you noticed the flags going up this week on Tuesday. They were retrieved Wednesday and stored with great respect as we remember those who gave so much for the ideas they represent. The best in all of us of equality, kindness, and freedom.

Our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM. The next meeting is tonight Thursday June 16nd.. The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meeting is in June are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Keep your eye on the weather in case things have to be postponed. That will be most likely if the storms bring strong winds and lightning. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.

Well word is that the chicken noodle dinner was a fantastic success. We really appreciate the local businesses that ordered lunch and Jerry Sebert for cooking, Jim Hale for taking the orders, Jim Beckett for delivering, Babo Cater for desserts, and Jack Cross to handling all the green that flowed from the event. This fund raiser will continue the good work the Post does for the community and we appreciate it.

One of those community events continued this week with Flag Day, a nationally recognized day to respect our flag. In a time when many spoiled and unappreciative folks disrespect our colors we take the time in Hominy to show our love for Old Glory. In 1777, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The national flag, which became known as the “Stars and Stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the Stars and Stripes, which consisted of a circle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General George Washington. Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this legend.

With the entrance of new states into the United States after independence, new stripes and stars were added to represent new additions to the Union. In 1818, however, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 original stripes be restored and that only stars be added to represent new states. On June 14, 1877, the first Flag Day observance was held on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes. As instructed by Congress, the U.S. flag was flown from all public buildings across the country. In the years after the first Flag Day, several states continued to observe the anniversary, and in 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance.

So I hope you noticed the flags going up this week on Tuesday. They were retrieved Wednesday and stored with great respect as we remember those who gave so much for the ideas they represent. The best in all of us of equality, kindness, and freedom.

Our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM. The next meeting is tonight Thursday June 16nd.. The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meeting is in June are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Keep your eye on the weather in case things have to be postponed. That will be most likely if the storms bring strong winds and lightning. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.

 

About Gary Lanham

Authors the weekly article "News from the Hut", about local American Legion Post #142 in Hominy, OK. Read his weekly articles in the "Hominy News Progress".
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