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Flag of U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876

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The Fourth of July, 1916

by American artist Childe Hassam 

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Then - Now - Forever 

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Recruitment poster for The United States Army, c. 1938
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A speculative illustration of John Paul Jones hoisting the Stars and Stripes aboard the USS Ranger in 1777

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Betsy Ross making the 1st flag

Image: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "Betsy Ross making the 1st flag." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 23, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/9c422caa-6ef0-9779-e040-e00a18060232
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Little boy standing, holding an American flag

c. 1890

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20 star American Flag from 1818

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Little boy in a sailor uniform holding a small sword, standing in front of a framed portrait of William McKinley with an American flag draped over it

c. 1896

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Astronaut Eugene Cernan saluting the American flag on the moon

- 1972 

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“Woman making American Flag”
Maker: Mrs. Benjamin F. Russell 
c. 1910

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“US Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) fold the American flag after shifting colors while departing Faslane, Scotland.”

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On September 30th, 1935 "Boulder Dam” was dedicated. 
During the Truman Administration, Congress officially restored the name "Hoover Dam” in 1947.

Image: An over 500ft long American Flag hanging over the face of the Hoover Dam in 1996 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Raising the American flag on Morro Castle, Havana, Cuba

- 1899

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“Largest Old Glory placed on U.S. Capitol for flag exercises. An unusual view of the largest American flag in the world as it was displayed across the front of the United States Capitol where flag exercises were conducted by the United States Flag Association. The flag is 160 feet in length and 90 feet wide”

- 1929 

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"Formal raising of first flag of U.S. / Veracruz 2 P.M. April 27, 1914" 

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60 years ago today on July 4th, 1960 designer Bob Heft stood with President Dwight D. Eisenhower as the new 50 star American flag was adopted and flown as the official flag of the United States.
Women sewing American flags at the Brooklyn Navy Yard 

- Image dated July 7th, 1917

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Old Glory, flag

A postcard published sometime between 1912-1959

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Group of children holding and surrounding the American flag

- 1891

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Betsy Ross was born on January 1st, 1752 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Her birth name was Elizabeth Griscom and she was named "Ross” after her first husband.  During her lifetime she had 7 children.

The first major motor vehicle bridge in America that was named in honor of a woman is the Betsy Ross Bridge that spans the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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Children with American flag

c. 1912-1919

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34-star American Flag, c. 1861-1863

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The first chronicled use of both music and lyrics of our National Anthem (performed simultaneously) occurred on October 19th, 1814 at the Holliday Street Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Image: National star-spangled banner centennial, 1914 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On October 12th, 1892 the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools after President Benjamin Harrison issued his Proclamation 335 earlier that year to honor the 400th Anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus in The New World. It also said:

"... it is peculiarly appropriate that the schools be made by the people the center of the day's demonstration. Let the national flag float over every schoolhouse in the country and the exercises be such as shall impress upon our youth the patriotic duties of American citizenship.”

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Image: Schoolchildren pledging allegiance to the flag in 1908 via Library of Congress, no known restrictions
Woman proudly holds American flag while saluting 

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Sidney Arthur Mounteer

c. 1898

Studio image of a little boy in uniform holding a sword as he stands next to the American Flag

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Photo: Stars and Stripes waving proudly near a snow-capped Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods in Colorado

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"The young volunteer”

c. 1860s

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HAIL, AMERICA!

HAIL, son of peak and prairie, 
Triumphant o'er thy foes!
Shod with the sands of Cuba —
Crowned with the Klondike snows!
The breast that nursed thee, shrunk with age, 
Still yielded milk of power; 
Past kingdoms prophesied thy birth 
And groaned to see thy hour. 
Hark ! Egypt moves her lips of stone 
" For thee I labored long." 
Listen ! The isles of Homer : 
"We named thee in our song.'' 
I hear a mighty struggling 
Like grave-clothes torn from death ; 
Millions of lips unmuffled 
Pour unaccustomed breath : 
"Hail, foundling of the western seas, 
Hail, harsh and sacred sod, 
Where the strong plant of Freedom 
Holds up its leaves to God! 
"For thee our toil, our anguish, 
The pathos of our years, 
Our baths in bleeding battles, 
Our lives of sweat and tears! ' 
Hark ! like a climbing sun, the Voice 
Mounts upward, — owns the sky, 
And clarions from the zenith 
In trumpet-tongued reply : 
"Ye shall no longer wait me, 
Nor call upon my name, 
I come, O buried fathers, 
The latest fruit of fame! 
The Indies pay me tribute, 
The Andes bring me toll, 
I own no serfs but loyal hearts 
That kiss my kind control. 
"My hands are free from slaughter, 
The sheath conceals the sword, 
I trust the regiments of Heaven, 
And navies of the Lord! 
Peace is my guard and angel, 
Her wings above me stir, — 
Mine arms I reach to all the world, 
Mine eyes I turn to her. 
"Yet, ah ! if honor's ensign 
Be trampled in the dust, 
With angry sorrow let me show 
How strife may still be just; 
I will tell History that she lies, 
Even at her very door, 
And buy a more enduring peace 
At the red cost of war. 
"Trafalgar greets Manila, 
All ages grow divine, 
Distance is dead, the Past a dream, 
And Marathon is mine! 
Wherever heroes die for truth, 
Beneath whatever sun, 
The years are lovers clasping hands, 
And all the world is one! 
"O buried sires, your hands are mold 
That once were hot to slay, 
Those eyes are filled with dust, that gorged 
With sight of human prey. 
Kings tremble on their purple thrones, 
Crowns crumble, tyrants die, 
While down untold Millenniums, 
March Destiny and I! " 
That tattered flag your father kissed, 
Fling, boy, against the gale
And join the cry that rends the sky : 
Hail, home of freedom, hail! 
Hail, son of peak and prairie  
Hail, lord of coast and sea
Our prayers and song, 
— our lives belong, 
Land of our love, to thee!

By Frederic Lawrence Knowles from "Poems of American Patriotism" Published in 1898 https://archive.org/details/poemsofamericanp00know

Photo: Gibson & Co. Hail! Glorious banner of our land. Spirit of the Union / Gibson & Co. lith., Cincinnati. United States, ca. 1861. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/92504751/. (Accessed July 04, 2017.)
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"Decoration Day, Jefferson Barracks, MO."

circa mid to late 1910s

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R.W. Prichard, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, after he climbed the 70 foot pole to put up the rope for old glory, Wakefield Massachusetts rifle range

c. 1917-1918

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Battle-torn regimental flag of 82nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

c. 1860s

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"Raising flag, National Guard, Harper's Ferry, W. Va."

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Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia 

c. 1897

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A portrait of Mary Young Pickersgill who created the American flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during the War of 1812 which was the inspiration of Francis Scott Key’s poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry" 

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"The Growth of Our National Flag”

- 1885 

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Astronaut Harrison 'Jack' Schmitt, American Flag, and Earth

- 1972

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Rider With an American Flag on Horseback in a Parade on the Main Street of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, Near Emporia

- 1974

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"Captain H. M. Bragg, of General Gillmore's staff, raising the flag over Fort Sumter, February 18th, 1865, on a temporary staff formed of an oar and boat-hook.”

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“Beautiful goddess of liberty, Star Spangled Banner, etc.”

c. 1866

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Admiral Dewey's flag-ship "Olympia," as she arrived in New York Bay from Manila

- 1899

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Ronald & Nancy Reagan aboard a boat in California 

- 1964 

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Sailors decorating the graves of fellow sailors who were killed at Pearl Harbor 

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On January 11th, 1843 Francis Scott Key passed away at the age of 63 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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September 14th, 1814 ...

Francis Scott Key wrote the poem "Defence of Fort M’Henry,” the lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner which officially became the national anthem of The United States in 1931.

Image: The Star Spangled Banner by Percy E. Moran via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
🇺🇸365 Reasons To Cherish America!🇺🇸

Day/Reason #213: Francis Scott Key's birthday - August 1st, 1779

In addition to writing the lyrics of America's National Anthem, Key wrote a number of poems. One of his poems was called:

THE SONG

By Francis Scott Key 

"When the warrior returns, from the battle afar, 
To the home and the country he nobly defended, 
O! warm be the welcome to gladden his ear, 
And loud be the joy that his perils are ended: 
In the full tide of song let his fame roll along, 
To the feast-flowing board let us gratefully throng, 
Where, mixed with the olive, the laurel shall wave, 
And form a bright wreath for the brows of the brave. 

Columbians! a band of your brothers behold, 
Who claim the reward of your hearts' warm emotion, 
When your cause, when your honor, urged onward the bold, 
In vain frowned the desert, in vain raged the ocean: 
To a far distant shore, to the battle's wild roar, 
They rushed, your fair fame and your rights to secure: 
Then, mixed with the olive, the laurel shall wave, 
And form a bright wreath for the brows of the brave. 

In the conflict resistless, each toil they endured, 
'Till their foes fled dismayed from the war's desolation: 
And pale beamed the Crescent, its splendor obscured 
By the light of the Star Spangled flag of our nation. 
Where each radiant star gleamed a meteor of war, 
And the turbaned heads bowed to its terrible glare, 
Now, mixed with the olive, the laurel shall wave, 
And form a bright wreath for the brows of the brave. 

Our fathers, who stand on the summit of fame, 
Shall exultingly hear of their sons the proud story: 
How their young bosoms glow'd with the patriot flame, 
How they fought, how they fell, in the blaze of their glory. 
How triumphant they rode o'er the wondering flood, 
And stained the blue waters with infidel blood; 
How, mixed with the olive, the laurel did wave, 
And formed a bright wreath for the brows of the brave. 

Then welcome the warrior returned from afar 
To the home and the country he nobly defended: 
Let the thanks due to valor now gladden his ear, 
And loud be the joy that his perils are ended. 
In the full tide of song let his fame roll along, 
To the feast-flowing board let us gratefully throng, 
Where, mixed with the olive, the laurel shall wave, 
And form a bright wreath for the brows of the brave."

Source: https://archive.org/stream/poems00keyf#page/n8/mode/1up

Photo: Francis Scott Key - attributed to Joseph Wood (1778-1830) • Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
American flag raised on Mount Suribachi on February 23rd, 1945

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Our Heaven Born Banner
Painted by William Bauly

c. 1861

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Raising the Grand Union Flag by John Paul Jones on the USS Alfred
The first time an American Flag was raised on a US warship 🇺🇸

- December 3rd, 1775

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"Betsy Ross 1777”

Conjectural painting shows Betsy Ross demonstrating how she cut the white stars for the American Flag.  Washington is seated in the chair on the left.

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“The Flag of Our Union”

c. 1861

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“Be Patriotic”

c. 1918

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Buzz Aldrin with American flag on the moon 🇺🇸

- 1969

He was 39 at the time.

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