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Gonzales Flag

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Susan E Adams

The Texas Revolution began this day in 1835 when the Mexican army tried (and failed) to take the cannon from the people of Gonzales.

Today the Gonzales flag still stands as an emblem of freedom and liberty.

May the people of Texas always stand up for each other.

Flag Day is celebrated each June 14, commemorating the resolution passed by Congress on June 14 “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.”

Since then every generation of Americans has celebrated “Old Glory”.

“Old Glory” was the name that Captain William Driver placed on a flag he was presented in 1831, and that nickname became so well known that the Confederate forces made it a major goal to capture that specific flag. Captain Driver, wanting to prevent the capture of Old Glory, had it sewn into his bedcover to keep it hidden and protected when not in use. In 1862, when Confederate forces captured Nashville, he took Old Glory from its hiding place and flew it over the Tennessee capitol to prove that the Union still stood firm.

We have honored Old Glory on Flag Day each day since 1885 when a Wisconsin schoolmaster’s idea for his students to remember the flag’s birthday inspired others around the nation. In 1916 Woodrow Wilson issued the proclamation that made Flag Day an official national event.

We hope that while you enjoy this Flag Day, and many more, that you fly “Old Glory” proudly. We’re proud to be able to – and to work with great people like you.

A special bonus from The Man in Black:

It’s December 7. On this “date which will live in infamy” in 1941 over 2400 Americans were killed in an attack by the Japanese on our naval base in Pearl Harbor.

Until 9/11/2001 it was the most devastating attack on U.S. soil.

Listen to the full audio of President Roosevelt’s speech.

Pearl Harbor that day:

The Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor today:
69th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor - Department of Defense Image Collection

Please take a moment today to remember – thank a veteran if you can, appreciate our hard-earned freedom either way. If you fly a flag, it is tradition to fly it at half staff until sunset today as a visible reminder to all.

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