Boston: Celebrating Flag Day

~ Every year on June 14, Americans come together to celebrate Flag Day in honor of the adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777. This national holiday serves as a reminder of the country's rich history and the significance of the American flag as a symbol of patriotism and freedom.

The first flag flown in the United States was known as the "Grand Union" flag or Continental Colors, which featured thirteen red and white stripes. However, instead of thirteen stars in the upper left-hand corner, it displayed the English flag. This flag was raised in 1775 to commemorate the creation of the Continental Army and Navy under George Washington's leadership.

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In 1923, Congress adopted the United States Flag Code to provide guidelines on how to properly use and handle the American flag. The code outlines rules for displaying and maintaining proper conduct while handling the flag, including during events such as reciting the pledge of allegiance and singing the national anthem.

The addition of Hawaii as a state in 1960 brought about a change to the American flag with a 50th star being added. Since then, this version has been used as a symbol of justice, freedom, and democracy not only within our borders but also around the world.

To commemorate Flag Day this year, The Council has passed a resolution to honor military service members, veterans, and their families who proudly serve our city and country. As we celebrate this important holiday, let us remember and honor those who have fought for our nation's values under this iconic symbol.

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