Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official American Flag on June 14, 1777. The first version of the flag in 1777 had 13 stripes and 13 stars for the 13 colonies. When Kentucky and Vermont joined the Union, the flag took two more stars from the original, so from 1795 to 1818 there were 15 stars and 15 stripes that graced the flag. Then lawmakers choose to to honor a new state with a star and left the stripes to the original 13 after 1818.
The colors of the U.S. Flag have important meanings: Red is for hardiness and valor; White is for purity and innocence; and Blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
In July 1969, Neil Armstrong placed the first ever U.S. Flag on the moon's surface, as part of the Apollo Mission. Then five more Apollo moon landings from Missions 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17 resulted in five flags being planted on the moon's surface. The nickname Old Glory is of a specific U.S. Flag that was owned by sea Captain William Driver. He was given the flag by his mother and other women in his home town of Salem. He named the flag Old Glory when he saw it flying on his ship's mast in 1831, and he continued to fly it outside his home. Then it became synonymous with an U.S. Flag.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE AMERICAN FLAG: The American Flag has been changed 27 times; The 50th and final star from the State of Hawaii was added in 1960; The flag is flown from sun up to sun down; An American Flag should never touch the floor or the ground; The military folds the flag with 13 folds, each with its symbolic meaning; 50 American Flags fly around the Washington Monument 24 hours a day; 95% of all U.S. Flags are made in the United States of America; Francis Bellamy wrote the original Pledge of Allegiance for the American Flag in 1892; When the American Flag is hung on stage, it mus be located on the right hand side of the speaker; The current American Flag consists of 50 stars, one for each state, and the red and white stripes are for the 13 colonies that we declared independence from Great Britain.
2019 RED WHITE AND BOOTS! Our event was a smashing success! Many thanks go out to Cozy Acres for being such a wonderful venue, the food is delicious and the service is always bright. Thanks go out to the guys in LoCountry for playing great music and keeping us entertained. Special thanks to our sponsors and friends who attended, without you this wouldn't have been possible. Congratulations to Robert Bishop, Auctioneer and the Mill Quarter Republican Woman's Club for a terrific live auction! Come back next year for our Fourth Annual Red White and Boots!!
Authorized and Paid for by Powhatan County Republican Committee.