I’m not a vexillologist by any stretch, but on the occasion of Flag Day, I became curious about some of the history and etiquette surrounding our nation’s symbol. There are many rules about the folding, displaying and disposing of a flag – all to show proper reverence for something that is considered the most sacred symbol of the country. You can read some of the rules and some trivia here.

For 243 years, the stars and stripes have been the official flag of the United States of America. The origin of the flag is lost to history – no one is quite sure of the specifics – but George Washington is to have said that the stars were added to “represent a new constellation in the heavens” as a nod to succession and independence.

On this Flag Day, take a moment to reflect on the ideals on which the country was founded. It seems an appropriate time for everyone to recommit to the pledge and to fulfilling its promise of liberty and justice for all.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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