The Transylvania Times -

Celebrate Flag Day


Perhaps no other nation in the world honors its flag more than the United States. In 1949, President Truman even signed into law an act of Congress declaring June 14 as Flag Day, a special tribute to the red, white and blue.

For Americans, our flag evokes feelings of pride and patriotism. It’s been that way at least since the War of 1812, when Francis Scott Key wrote the words to what became our National Anthem. We all know how it begins:

“O, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?”

Many others have written songs about Old Glory because our flag is far more than red and white stripes, and 50 stars on a field of dark blue. It is a powerful symbol of more than 200 years of American history, the triumphs and tragedies of those who built our great nation.

“O, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

This year Flag Day is Sunday, June 14. The women of the Waightstill Avery Chapter NSDAR want to remind our neighbors in Transylvania County to fly the American flag that day. Let’s be sure that on June 14 the star-spangled banner will wave “o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

Judith B. Potter



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