The Flag Resolution of 1777 which was adopted at the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on June 14, 1777 reads as follows: “Resolved, 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.”
This description expresses the direction of design that the 2nd Continental Congress wanted to convey to Continental patriots while in the process of forming a new nation…our nation, but it’s unclear whether they realized the evolution of what their first efforts would yield.
Over our nation’s history, the United States has had many symbols, statues and monuments which have been used to portray our values and beliefs but none more discussed and, in some cases, more debated and disputed than our flag. It has been in the middle of protests, held in contempt by some, raised and lowered with respect and pride, held up in victory and cheered when on the move; burned, stepped on and torn, but it has also been the comforting cloth we choose to wrap around our most heartbreaking losses and most beloved citizens.
It has been altered more than a few times to embrace the growth of a vibrant and expanding country and has essentially become the heart and soul of our nation’s pride. It is the epicenter of the country’s depth of spirit and the most enduring symbol of our land; its resilience mirroring our own chaotic history as we move forward into a confident and optimistic future, giving us hope, pride and resolve to keep moving forward with strong faith and lasting enthusiasm for individual liberties and freedom.