Flag Day - June 14, 2022
Flag Day was declared on June 14th, 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. The original flag was created as a representation of unification the 13 colonies fighting for independence from the British. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
As a challenge to post about the American Flag during some of the most patriotic US holidays, I was reminded of something some of my clients told me. They were traveling to view homes here in the Raleigh area. On their way, they saw the largest flying American Flag they had ever seen. They wanted to know about it. I didn't know what they were speaking of. This challenge reminded me of that conversation. So, I did a search to find the largest American Flag in NC.
It turns out, this flag is just outside Charlotte in Gastonia, NC. It is the largest "Flying American Flag" in the world and can be seen as far as 30 miles away!
To be clear, there are a couple larger American flags. This is the largest flying flag.
“When we honor our flag, we honor what we stand for as a Nation -- freedom, equality, justice, and hope.” - Ronald Regan
“To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag.” - Pauline Hanson
When I think about how we came to be and how our flag was created to unite us, I'm reminded that when times are tough and hope seems lost, we're not the first to feel this way. Our flag is a reminder that we're one nation, under God and united we're stronger!
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.