Friday, June 14, 2024

Flag Day by Merrillee Whren

Today is Flag Day in the United States. I have blogged about Flag Day on June 14th several times. The Flag Day celebration commemorates the adoption of the United States flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The flag above has fifteen stars and fifteen stripes and is the image of the flag raised at Fort McHenry near Baltimore, Maryland, during the War of 1812, when the words of the  United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," was penned by Francis Scott Key. Today's flag has fifty stars to represent the fifty states in the US. The flag now has thirteen stripes that represent the thirteen original colonies. 

The first Flag Day was celebrated on June 14, 1877, but it wasn't until 1949 that Congress made the day permanent. There is a wealth of information about the United States flag at the National Parks Service website. If you are a US citizen, you might like to find out some things you didn't know about our flag. I didn't know that you could contact your senator or representative to request to buy a flag that has flown over the US Capitol.

Although I've never written a book in which the characters celebrate Flag Day, I have written a couple of books in which I mention the Independence Day celebration also known as the Fourth of July. One of those books has a flag on the cover, Hometown Proposal.

You can click or tap on the photo or this link for more information on the book or for buy links. 

What do you like best your country's flag?

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

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