By Faye Gaston
Many USA flags will be flying from poles in Union Springs on June 14, 2021, which is "Flag Day." This is in addition to the flags that fly from government buildings all the time.
The U.S. President issues a proclamation "urging the people to observe the day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States of America".
The design was created by Francis Hopkinson, a Continental Congressman from New Jersey and a consultant to the design of the Great Seal of the United States. Stars were added to the flag as states were added.
The 1813 flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write his famous poem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," which became the National Anthem. In 1831 the nickname "Old Glory" was given to the flag, and that term is synonymous with the American flag.
In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation to officially establish June 14 as Flag Day. On August 3, 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.
The flags we see flying in 2021 is the design created by a 17-year-old student in anticipation of Alaska and Hawaii becoming a state.
Robert G. Heft created the 50-stars flag as part of a history project. His teacher gave him a grade of B-. He submitted the design to Congress.
In August 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower chose his design over 1,500 other applications and phoned him the news. His teacher changed his grade from the B- to an "A." Many meetings begin with the pledge of allegiance to this flag and the republic for which it stands.