Sunday, June 14, 2015

For Flag Day

14, June 1777
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Continental Congress "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” 

Here is a video from 1955 of then Senator Gerald Ford (future President Ford) discussing the history of Flag Day. 

Here is an interactive flag from the Smithsonian on the Star Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry.

I'll  never forget when I first got to see the original Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian.  

Especially memorable is when my family and I went to Maryland to help stitch a reproduction of the Star Spangled Banner flag of Fort McHenry.

The American flag has been recreated in various ways over the years. I'm currently sewing a bargello quilt of the American flag.  Here is a lovely version I saw at the Naval Academy that had been gifted to President Washington for his first inauguration. Entirely made of silk, it was made by Mrs. Robert Livington, whose husband officiated the oath of office.  

Silk Flag, Naval Academy

Silk Flag, Naval Academy

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