On this day, June 14 in 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the Grand Union Flag which was the unofficial national flag on July 4, 1776 Independence Day. The Grand Union Flag had 13 red and white stripes representing the original colonies. In the corner where our current flag has stars, this flag had the red cross of St. George of England and the white cross of Andrew of Scotland.
Tradition has Betsy Ross who sewed flags for the Pennsylvania Navy and for President George Washington as the maker of the first US flag. The new flag had 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes - one for each state. The number of stars increased as new states entered the union. The number of stripes initially increased, but stopped at 15 and was later returned to 13.
Flag Day is celebrated on the anniversary of this new flag. Flag Day is a day to fly the American flag and reaffirm our belief in liberty, justice and unity for all.
Liberty, justice and unity are attributes of God and are ways He calls us to live individually and as a nation.
Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan.
This is what the LORD says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
This Flag Day raise the stars and stripes and continue to proclaim that we are “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”