Everyone loves the Fourth of July. Cookouts, family, and patriotism – there is no better combination. Between relaxing, parades, and enjoying time with friends and family, you normally see a lot of red, white, and blue. Most people know that on July 4th, 1776 the United States of America won their independence from Great Britain, but do you know any history of our nation’s flag? Read more to find out.
The first real flag wasn’t created until a year later, on June 14th, 1777. The Continental Congress passed a resolution stating “that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Years later, President Harry Truman declared June 14th as Flag Day. Between 1777 and 1960 Congress passed several acts that changed the shape and design of the flag, which also includes adding a star for each new state.
Today, the flag has 50 stars. The color red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, justice, and perseverance.
The original flag that flew at Fort McHenry in Baltimore and sustained horrific events is still intact today after countless efforts to preserve it. It is kept in a low-oxygen light chamber at a 10-degree angle, and continuously gets monitored to detect any decay. There are a few places in the country where an American flag is flown 24 hours a day by law. Some include Fort McHenry, Flag House Square in Baltimore, US Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima) in Arlington, VA, The White House, and US customs ports of entry. The only reason a flag would not be flown would be due to inclement weather, and any flag shall never touch the ground.
All of us at Richey-Barrett want to wish you a very happy holiday and we hope you enjoy your Fourth of July celebrations. In honor of Independence Day, The Richey-Barrett Insurance Co. will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th, 2019. We will reopen on Monday, July 8th, 2019.