Today is a very special day to us here at Paradiso Insurance. Flag Day only comes once a year, every June 14th, but while we are celebrating here at our insurance agency, we wanted to talk about some American Flag history as well!
Back on June 14, 1777, the American Flag’s history first began as the Continental Congress passed an act that established it as the official flag when America first became a nation. The act declared that, ““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.” It would be years and years later that today was declared an official holiday, Flag Day, back in 1949 by President Harry S. Truman.
Surprisingly enough, one of the more mysterious parts of the American Flag history is its origin. Well, at least the very first American Flag’s origin is not officially known. Some historians believe that it was sewn by Betsy Ross though, a seamstress of the time. Back in the day, the name Old Glory was given to the flag by a man named William Driver, a sea captain from Massachusetts. This nickname caught on because it was rumored that Driver’s flag survived multiple attempts to deface it during the Civil War, and when the war ended, Driver was still able to fly his flag over the Tennessee Statehouse.
Between 1777 and 1960, Congress has passed several various acts that have changed the unique design or shape of the flag, or even how it is arranged. Each time a new state was added to our great country, stars and stripes were added to the flag to properly represent our nation.
Today, and everyday, we proudly honor the American Flag. To us, here at Paradiso Insurance, it is a symbol of courage that represents our veterans, who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. It’s important to note that freedom is in fact not free, and that without our veterans, we would be living a very different life. We appreciate their sacrifices and dedication, and we hope you join us in honoring our veterans. In fact, every Friday, we wear RED to Remember Everyone Deployed. Why? Click the link below to find out!