On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted by resolution the design for our National Colors. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation declaring June 14, 1916 as “Flag Day”. Subsequently, June 14th was permanently established as “Flag Day” on an annual basis by an Act of Congress.
Our National Colors are, of course red, white and blue. The commonly accepted meanings of those three colors are as follows: The red stands for hardiness and valor; the blue stands for justice, perseverance and vigilance; and the white stands for purity and innocence.
There are 50 stars, one for each state of the Union. There are thirteen stripes, each representing one of the original thirteen states. Delaware’s school children are taught that the very first star and the very first stripe each represent Delaware, the First State.
On this Flag Day, 2011, please take a moment to remember those who have fallen in defense of our National Colors and the Republic for which its stands. Please also take just a moment to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of those who are today serving under that flag here at home, overseas, and at sea.